SwordOfTruth.com: Simputer- India's Connectivity Gift to the WorldSep 26, 2000, 16:11 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The primary goal of the Simputer Trust is to deliver an extremely low-cost product. To achieve this, they have decided to use widely available, free public-domain software for the operating environment and even to develop the software applications which will run on top of the operating system. The basic software applications on this device will be offered free of charge."
"The Simputer Trust has extended the free software concept also to the hardware design of the Simputer Platform. The hardware design will be open and extensible, so that any licensee can add value to the platform. The Simputer Trust will still retain ownership over the basic platform so that it can continue to guide its development based on the philosophy of the Trust."
"The initial version of the Simputer is based on a StrongARM CPU. The StrongARM is a Reduced Instruction-set (RISC) microprocessor, which is designed for embedded applications. The operating system is based on Linux. To enable rapid development and deployment of application software, the basic development platform is Perl / Tk. A Simputer simulator and a comprehensive software development kit will be made available by the Trust to facilitate widespread application development."