OLPC to reach $100 laptop mark next year
The OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) project has whittled down the cost of the green and white computer it hopes to deliver to schoolchildren in developing countries to about $130 (£67) so far, and hopes to reach the target price of $100 (£52) in 2008, according to an OLPC project leader.
The group gave reporters a chance to test-drive the laptops at a meeting in Las Vegas during the International Consumer Electronics Show.
Using a Linux-based OS (operating system) is one way the group can save on cost, but that was not the main reason the group chose Fedora Core 6.0, a Linux OS, according to Michail Bletsas, chief connectivity officer at OLPC and a research scientist at MIT. The open-source OS allowed the OLPC group to expand the user experience and develop programs aimed at children, such as games and other software.