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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)

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

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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]

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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.

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

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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...

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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.