I can’t quite believe what Bill Gates has said about the OLPC project (briefly, this is a research project founded by MIT faculty members which aims to develop the technology required to create laptops costing USD100 each for distribution to children in developing countries). More analysis can be read here but here are two juicy excerpts:
- “Hardware is a small part of the cost” – Sure, if you’re a rich American! Of course, when he speaks about software, Mr.Gates is probably referring to all the over-priced proprietary software sold by companis such as, oh, Microsoft springs to mind 🙂 A Linux distribution costs $0 and includes (apart from the OS) virtually all the application software that a typical computer user would ever need..
- “geez, get a decent computer where you can actually read the text and you’re not sitting there cranking the thing while you’re trying to type” – I’m sure the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation will be happy to donate the funds required to (1) Equip all the 100million+ laptops with batteries and power supplies (2) Upgrade and extend power supply to all those rural locations in Nigeria, amongst other target countries
Oh and, did I mention that Google is one of the supporters of the project? 🙂