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OLPC: yet another bad idea

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There are plenty of misguided projects which people in the West undertake, under the mistaken impression that they are helping those in the underdeveloped regions of the world.

The One Laptop Per Child initiative, a brainwave of MIT's Nicholas Negroponte, is just the latest in a long line. When you throw in fancy phrases like "bridging the digital divide" the publicity is ensured.

The OLPC has taken on the aura of an open source effort, solely because of the involvement of Red Hat which will supply a customised GNU/Linux distribution for using on the $US100 device. A presentation on the gadget was made at the Australian Linux conference in Sydney last week.

Nobody seeks to question Negroponte's motives - the man is definitely trying to do "good" to the poorer, uneducated denizens.

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