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Give me rice, but give me a laptop too

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Criticism of plans to get technology into the developing world is misplaced, says Bill Thompson.

Intel and Microsoft seem to have done everything they could to undermine the project, offering cut-price hardware and discount operating systems in an attempt to keep this remarkable machine, with its Linux operating system and AMD processor, at bay.

Now US journalist John Dvorak has weighed into the debate, dismissing the laptop as a 'little green computer' that changes nothing, and arguing that sending food aid to Africa is a better way to solve the continent's problems.

Dvorak is so wrong that it pains me.

He misrepresents both the laptop's capabilities and the plans for how it will be used.

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