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The Negroponte machine
Several partners, including Advanced Micro Devices and Red Hat, have lined up behind this $100 machine from Nicholas Negroponte and the MIT Media Center. But to hit that low price, the machine's makers have to leave out all but the basics. The unit comes with only a 500MHz processor and 500MB of local storage (in the form of flash memory--the laptops won't include drives). And the units don't sport mainstream applications.