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$10 Computer Launching Tuesday
Can I borrow 10 bucks? I need a computer

 2:59 am on Feb 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

This should be interested when it launches. You're going to be in trouble if you can't afford a laptop now.


On February 3, the Indian government will unveil a $10 educational laptop intended to bring computing to the masses, reports the Times of India.

[edited by: AlwaysWorkin at 3:00 am (utc) on Feb. 3, 2009]



 3:29 am on Feb 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

Well, that's pretty cool! Congratulations to the Vellore Institute of Technology students, and the others involved.

Making leading-edge widgets is comparatively easy except for the necessarily-short development schedules, but it takes an awful lot of work to engineer the cost out of things. Even at a current 'true' cost of $20, this is a remarkable accomplishment.



 1:26 pm on Feb 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

This will just turn out to be pre-election gimmick :)


 1:31 pm on Feb 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

The Indian government also hasn't announced whether it will be selling the $10 notebook commercially, after it goes in to production this summer. If it does, it may not be for a long time; the ministry of education will have enough work to do distributing these notebooks and expanding connectivity in the nation's 18,000 colleges.

It doesn't appear that this will be a commercially available product.

Oh boy, here come the click armies and link requests. You thought it was bad now? Just wait til these 18,000 $10 computers hit the hands of those hungry clickers and link developers. ;)


 7:53 am on Feb 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

Oh boy, here come the click armies and link requests.

Ya right, 14yrs old students employed by the school to do link request and click fraud on government subsidize laptops...


 9:10 am on Feb 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

The cost of the laptop might not as low as $10, reports BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7864806.stm):
...this could be a mistranslation, because transcripts of the speech, in which it was unveiled, mentioned it costing $10 (7) but this was later corrected to $100 (70).

Here's to hoping this will be a successful venture. It would be nice to know how many laptops will be distributed and in what timeframe.

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