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The $99 Cherrypal laptop - it runs Linux and you can buy it RIGHT NOW (but is it for real)

Jan 08, 2010, 15:03 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven Rosenberg)

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"Everybody's heard about the One Laptop Per Child concept, and the ups and downs of that project, its rather tentative connection to free, open-source software and the fact that it still hasn't reached the $100/unit price it set out to meet.

"But what if I were to tell you that another company not only is committed to offering a $99 laptop to the world but is already doing it. (Or so the story goes; there are problems, principally with a crucial part of this whole feel-good enterprise - actually getting the machines delivered to those who order them.)

"Cherrypal is that company, and the Cherrypal Africa is that $99 laptop. I'm more than a little tempted to buy one just to see if it's the real deal (but am not excited at the prospect of sending $99 down a rat hole)."

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