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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]
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.
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. ;)
...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.