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Mail & Guardian: $100 Laptop May Not Suit South Africa

May 22, 2006, 23:30 (2 Talkback[s])

"MIT's '$100 laptop' has created a huge buzz, but does it make sense for the developing world? Linux International executive director Jon 'Maddog' Hall offered an alternative for South Africans at the LinuxWorld Johannesburg conference last week.

"Hall told delegates at the tech conference that although the One Laptop per Child initiative--which aims to provide children with $100 laptops--means well, it may not suit countries like South Africa. A better option could be refurbishing old computers and loading free and open-source software on to them..."

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