Negroponte's now $130 PC due in April 2007

Negroponte's now $130 PC due in April 2007

Summary: Nicholas Negroponte showed off the latest prototypes of the fabled $100 PC. It's not longer a $100 PC, however.

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Nicholas Negroponte showed off the latest prototypes of the fabled $100 PC. It's not longer a $100 PC, however. The ruggedized, two pound Linux desktop (Fedora) system, with mesh networking will sell for about $130 to $140 (san shipping) to governments starting in April 2007.  Negroponte expects to reach the $100 price point by the end of 2008. The colorful system can turn into a tablet, and Negroponte said that  it "will run like a bat out of hell."  Pricing depends on how much RAM, but key is the display, he added. "It has to be sunlight readable. That won't be done until August/September." Then there will be a beauty contest among three systems and go into manufacturing for shipping, he said. Current seven countries are evaluating the system. The most enthusiastic are Nigeria, Brazil, Thailand and Argentina. In addition, China, India and Egypt have shown interest, as well as Russia, Mexico and Indonesia. Negroponte said that manufacturing has to reach 5 to 6 million to get scale pricing.

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  • A waste

    It's been said before, millions of recyclable XP machines available and NN's ego has to reduce the third world to third class citizens and *nix cultists.

    They of course don't need what 95% of the world uses, they need something 'special'.
    TonyMcS
    • Why would they care

      If XP or Linux or even if the OS was the very dated GEOS was installed. The point is to give the user a web browser, basic word processor, and a few other useful apps. No need for XP here at all. Also FYI Linux would be usable on a machine speced like that- XP would crawl.

      Who exactly is the cultist here?
      Edward Meyers
      • ISP

        who will give them internet connection?? In the countries where they are planning to sell them, the phone peneteration rate itself is very less
        hopefulcoder
    • a waste?

      recycleing computers would be a support nightmare over the last 5 years the major manufactures released dozens of models each, every one with different memory harddrives ect it would cost more to test,setup, package, and ship these recycled computers and who cares what OS the system run on as long as the interface is simaller to the commonly used types (learning curve is low on the windows type interface weither it is mac, windows, or linex) this $100 comp makes the learning important not the figgureing out the computer
      jeasterlingtech@...
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      fyourass
      • Linux is fine for them but....

        Even though Linux is a great operating system, particularly where its pretty much going to be used "as is" once its initially installed and thats it, but when you make such a completely warped statement that they will have better then what 95% of the world is running, well you have lost all credability and you make it appear that anyone who like Linux is mentally troubled and has no sense of reality. Im sure thats wasnt your intention, so next time be serious.
        Cayble
        • better, ya maybe

          It actually sounds like a kick-ass, stable, rock-solid, modern, state-of-the-art, great-value-for-the-money little machine and I'd -love- one. I am amazed Negroponte got this past corporate America given how it could revolutionize the way people think about PCs, unless of course they cost $500 a crack if they ever become available here, in which case they'd be a rip-off.
          0369
    • recycling won't work

      Here is a quote for Negroponte (straight from the OLPC FAQ:
      "Finally, regarding recycled machines: if we estimate 100 million available used desktops, and each one requires only one hour of human attention to refurbish, reload, and handle, that is forty-five thousand work years. Thus, while we definitely encourage the recycling of used computers, it is not the solution for One Laptop per Child."
      npkeith
  • A WASTE? If it gets the people on the Net?

    How disillusioned can we be? The purpose of this device is to get disadvantaged (read poor) people on the Internet. How can we say anything but welcome, well done, kudos, congratulations?
    gpaulgar
    • wasteeeeee

      first it looks utterdly stupid and you can easily assemble computers with better configuration for around 200$ in India. If the objective is to get people to get to the internet, then they should think of providing cheap ISP.
      hopefulcoder
  • Umm.. I really meant $100 -Canadian

    A $100 waste and embarrassment - even in Canadian dollars
    Prognosticator
  • A great idea

    and well done project management. On time, close to budget and interested customers.
    Roger Ramjet
  • This isn't for profit people...

    Try, if you can, to think beyond capitalism. This is a device to go to MILLIONS of less fortunate CHILDREN...not businesses. No one is going to try to sell this to you. This is for children who haven't seen many electronic devices in their entire lifetimes. This is for children who will live in poverty for the rest of their lives. This device is a ift to them from their governments.

    That being said, I think it's designed wonderfully (WTF would a designer know?) for a rugged small PC. What else would you expect it to look like?

    Yes, we could recycle THOUSANDS of XP machines and send them to third world countries, but who's going to pay for all the man power and shipping? Also, not every PC would be the same. The goal here is to give the poor children all the same device so they can all learn to use them to their fullest, not to give them a thrown together refurbished PC with your beloved Microsoft OS on it. Their would be so many different proccessors, storage capacities, memory sizes in these refurbs that the kid with the best one would get his ass beat and his PC stolen. Don't you see what these are for? Can't you see what is happening.

    And for the mildy retarted person who commented on this being for *nix zealots (or whatever term was used) get over yourself. Yes, 95% of the world (according to you) uses Windows, but not because they've all sat down and decided it was the best OS for their machine/purposes. It's used by 95% (I would actually put it more realistically at about 82.5%) of the world because of ignorance, laziness, and apathy. The people who use Linux aren't as ignorant when it comes to Operating Systems, they were willing to take the plunge into the unknown, so they mustn't be as lazy as Microsoft clients, and I hope the apathetic argument explains itself.

    Ok. I guess that's it and I'm done.
    jiminyjew
    • To Quote:

      "And for the mildy retarted person who commented on this being for *nix zealots (or whatever term was used) get over yourself. Yes, 95% of the world (according to you) uses Windows, but not because they've all sat down and decided it was the best OS for their machine/purposes. It's used by 95% (I would actually put it more realistically at about 82.5%) of the world because of ignorance, laziness, and apathy. The people who use Linux aren't as ignorant when it comes to Operating Systems, they were willing to take the plunge into the unknown, so they mustn't be as lazy as Microsoft clients, and I hope the apathetic argument explains itself."

      So, 'splain to me why all those wonderful PCs in China with pre-installed Linux end up with a pirated copy of Windows, Office, Adobe, etc.??
      Confused by religion
      • also explain

        also explain how you expect users who donno the basics of computers, to use a OS that is used acc. to you are "The people who use Linux aren't as ignorant when it comes to Operating Systems, they were willing to take the plunge into the unknown,".

        Unfortunately a majority of system users are lazy, ignorant and dont care anything about their OS
        hopefulcoder
      • China Likes Windows

        Of course people today may prefer Windows -- that's because it's easier to find famliar application software, not because the Windows operating system is iinherently better than the Linux OS. You might ask a different question: if you couldn't get a free (pirate) copy of Windows in China, how many Linux machines would be converted to Windows machines?
        amywohl
    • ?????

      Quote: "No one is going to try to sell this to you "

      Does that mean these computers are going to be given freely to the countries which already owe a lot of debt. Who is gonna pay?? And yeah even for a linux system, the cost is too much. If you can just drop by in india, i can asseble a relatively good PC with say 40GB HDD, P3/P4, 128MB ram, USB drives, inbuild speaker, a CRT monitor for around 200$ ...i guess you can achieve a lot more useful knowlege with just 70$ more and those PC are more beautiful !!!
      hopefulcoder
      • "HOPEFULCODER" IS AN IDIOT!

        Can you just shut your mouth you un-educated fool!? Great buy a ticket, fly to India and have slave children in sweatshops build you a million computers! Are you stupid!?
        Cwilson.VIP
      • Not a laptop

        you can't build a laptop from parts - you must buy it from a vendor. This machine IS a laptop.
        Roger Ramjet
      • Power?

        And how will someone in rural Africa power this power hungry machine you describe?
        GG4rest