Msg#: 3840830 posted 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.
Msg#: 3840830 posted 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. ;)