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DW Simpson
04-26-2005, 06:58 PM

Brad Gile
04-26-2005, 08:39 PM
is usually a term for software that doesn't exist yet, but in this case....:)


04-27-2005, 11:22 PM
Heck, I already own a $100 laptop. Bought it used on ebay last year for $300.

AMD rocks. Everything I read says they kick Intel's butt on speed, at a cheaper price. I'd be using them now if I weren't so committed to Dell.

04-28-2005, 08:12 AM
It depends on the application, but AMD has been generally winning the speed race in recent years.

04-28-2005, 08:13 AM
Almost forgot - Intel has better chipsets (generally speaking). They have literally created the standard for the new PCI Express standard and motherboard-based wifi, etc.

DW Simpson
09-29-2005, 11:36 PM

Linux: MIT Unveils Prototype for $100 Linux Laptop
Posted by Zonk on Thursday September 29, @09:09AM
from the somone-thought-of-the-children dept.
Examancer2 writes "MIT is showing off a prototype of a $100 laptop. It uses a 500MHz AMD processor, stores everything on flash memory, and runs Linux. The AC adapter acts as the carrying strap, and there is a hand crank so if you can't find a source of electricity you can charge it kinetically. The prototype laptop is also much more flexible and durable than your average notebook. In addition the unit has a screen that has a special daylight-friendly black & white mode that makes a great ebook." From the article: "Nicholas Negroponte, the co-founder of the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, detailed specifications for a $100 windup-powered laptop targeted at children in developing nations. Negroponte, who laid out his original proposal at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January, said MIT and his nonprofit group, called One Laptop Per Child, is in discussions with five countries--Brazil, China, Thailand, Egypt and South Africa--to distribute up to 15 million test systems to children." More coverage of this story available from ITWorld, InformationWeek, BBC, ZDNet, and the Associated Press.

10-27-2005, 09:38 PM
$100 computersshould only cause 1/2 the problem of the $50 laptops (http://www.actuarialoutpost.com/actuarial_discussion_forum/showthread.php?t=60896), huh?

DW Simpson
04-30-2006, 10:44 PM

Chinese Company Produces $150 Linux PC
from the inexpensive-penguins dept. posted by Zonk on 2006-04-27 14:56:00

srinravi writes to mention an Ars Technica article about another ambitious 'inexpensive computer' project. A Chinese manufacturer, YellowSheepRiver, is aiming to make available a $150 Linux PC built with inexpensive hardware components. From the article: "Urging potential customers to 'Say no to Wintel,' YellowSheepRiver is devoted to using its own Linux distribution and hardware designed and manufactured by Chinese companies. YellowSheepRiver hopes to close the "digital divide" by making computer technology available to the Chinese public at an affordable price. The Municator, which comes with 256MB of RAM, uses a unique 64-bit CPU with an instruction set based on a subset of the MIPS architecture. Designed by a Chinese company called BLX, the the cheap chip is clocked at 400 or 600MHZ and supposedly provides performance comparable to that of an Intel P3."