"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)."