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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.