Really? Next Year?

Dang… I thought actual production of the $100 laptop was years away. But it looks like it’s coming much sooner than that.

The first notebooks are expected to hit the market during the fourth quarter of next year, according to the organization. Representatives say they expect initial orders for the machines to range from 5 million to 15 million units. Pricing of the Linux-based notebooks is expected to start “near $100” and decrease over time.

Here’s the official MIT blurb.

posted December 16, 2005 by eric

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One question: software?

I imagine the vision is to use a lot of web-based apps, but that also assumes that each country is planning on creating a lot of educational resources.

I suppose OpenOffice is also a possibility.
ben () - 16 12 05 - 12:36

Linux OS. Word processor, email client, web browser, and programming system, according to the WSJ:

Pretty basic. Web apps will be attractive because there's nothing to install. But if this happens, it will create such a large base that I'm sure we'll see companies porting their software to Linux and new development taking place.
eric - 17 12 05 - 17:19

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