"In the near future more South African children can benefit
from using computers and the Internet to make learning more
interactive and exciting. Today more computers are being brought
into schools than ever before and more schools are going online.
Co-operation between various organisations like School Net,
business and the government have made this possible. Recent
developments can speed up this process and save money."
"Foremost among these developments is the recent release of
a new computer called a NIC (New Internet Computer), which
Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison calls an "amazing $199 computer"*.
This computer was especially designed for educational purposes and
is by no means under powered. For the price of about R2200 it
boasts a 266-megahertz microprocessor, 64 megabytes of memory, a
56K modem, a network card, a 24X CDROM drive, and a SuperVGA
screen. The NIC has also two USB ports so that external devices can
be attached to the system."
"Linux was chosen for the NIC for many good reasons. Linux is
available either as a free download from the Internet or on low
cost CDs. A lot of the software that runs on Linux is also free and
this includes Netscape, word processors, spread sheets and