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LinuxUser.co.za: Low cost computing can jump start South Africa education

May 25, 2000, 16:02 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andre Muller)

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"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 educational software."

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