p2p news / p2pnet: Much is being made of the super-cheap ($100) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) hand-cranked laptop being made for under-privileged kids in under-developed countries.
But Chipzilla boss Craig Barrett isn’t impressed. In fact, he’s downright scornful.
Governments in poor countries will be offered between 100 and 150 million laptops for distributioni n schools sometime next year, says MIT’s Nick Negroponte.
But although he calls it a $100 laptop, ” I think a more realistic title should be ‘the $100 gadget’,” Barrett told a press conference in Sri Lanka, states Reuters. “The problem is that gadgets have not been successful.”
Barrett said Intel was, “committed to delivering IT access to the developing world – and is helping Sri Lanka Telecom set up south Asia’s first long-range WIMAX wireless network – but would not produce a cut-price product like MIT’s computer,” says the story.
By the way, the hand-powered, low-cost laptop doesn’t have Intel inside. Behind it are AMD, Brightstar and Red Hat Linux.