Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Building the £50 laptop

Filed under
OLPC

The first £50 OLPC laptops could ship to children in emerging economies within months. PC Advisor speaks to the people behind the project to see how they made the impossible possible.

When plans to build and distribute a £50 laptop to schoolchildren in emerging economies were first announced two years ago, the people behind the scheme had their fair share of critics.

PC prices in western economies were believed to have hit rock bottom at around £400, yet here was an organisation hoping to shave off another £350.
On top of this, it promised to use traditionally expensive components, such as flat-panel displays and purpose-built hardware – including a power-generating hand crank – that looked ambitious, to say the least. It had never been done before and many believed it was mission impossible.

Two years down the line, the sceptics may be forced to eat humble pie.

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

Will A Gorgeous Android Tablet Make Dell A Player?

Dell is about to begin selling an eye-poppingly beautiful slab of hardware. Will anyone notice? Pricing and availability will be announced for the Venue 8 7000 at CES in January, a Dell spokeswoman said in response to an email query. (The tablet had initially been expected for release at the end of November.) Read more

Campaign promotes open source in Finland’s towns

Municipalities using open source are reaching out to other towns and cities, motivating them to switch to this type of software. The past four months, members of Finland’s Centre for Open Source Solutions (COSS) have been visiting towns around the country, talking about their use of free and open source. The so-called ‘Open Knowledge Roadshow 2014’ involves six municipalities, Turku, Mikkeli, Pori, Oulu, Tampere and Rovaniemi. Apart from reaching out to their colleagues, the towns of Mikkeli, Oulu and Rovaniemi also organised a workshop, reports COSS on its website. Read more