The 100 dollar notebook

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By Manuel

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28-05-2006, 10:46

openMSX runs with any driver supported by your SDL library. If your SDL supports libsvga, so will openMSX, as it simply uses libSDL for video-output (and some other things).
So, you can definately run openMSX without X by using alternative SDL drivers like libsvga.

By smart duck

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28-05-2006, 11:32

These $100 laptops will be great for kids not only in African or South American countries but also in western coutries. A great laptop to do their homework, chat and browse the internet.

By snout

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28-05-2006, 11:39

Indeed, thing is... these laptops cost far over $100, and can only cost as low thanks to sponsorship from charities and governments... perhaps we'll see these laptops on the western market some day, but certainly at a higher price.

By Patsie

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28-05-2006, 11:44

an idea is to sell these laptops for $200 in western countries (which is still a bargain) and with the extra $100 give a child in a 3rd world country one for free.

By Niles

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28-05-2006, 12:45

an idea is to sell these laptops for $200 in western countries (which is still a bargain) and with the extra $100 give a child in a 3rd world country one for free.

Perhaps this could be quite difficult, to determine who will pay $100 and who will get one for free, in the same place/city/country.

Indeed, these laptops could be selled at $200 or $250 in western countries and the benefits could be used to sell laptops in 3rd world countries at cheaper prize ($80 or $50), it's an option

By AuroraMSX

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28-05-2006, 13:01

Hm, how many kids (or their parents) in Africa actually have $100 to spend on a computer?

By wolf_

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28-05-2006, 13:10

Dunno about all this, while I support free information (internet) and means for computerdevelopment I really wonder whether the 3rd world actually needs computers now. (I'm not talking about the (oil-)elite and half_the_buildingcranes_of_this_planet_are_there-Dubai such). There was a period in western history without computers and I doubt the 3rd world has already had a similar period. It's like NL skipping 70..80 years from 1900 on and immediately going to the digital age.. would it work??

By Niles

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28-05-2006, 14:37

I think it's a question of buiding future. Today we live in a information society, access to this information is vital. 3rd world countries never will join the rest of the world if they can't access this information. The rest will come with time... but the only way to "reach" a significant upgrade level (in this informational and computerized world) is accesing technology.

By wolf_

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28-05-2006, 15:05

But, could *we* skip 70..80 years, and go from the steammachine to the digital age at a fingersnap? Because that's what's happening there then. A common mistake of the western world is to superimpose its own ideas about life/society on non-western worlds and think it'll be allright. Just because *we* are quite depending on computers these days, does that mean others should use them too? Let everyone learn/grow at his own pace, not out our pace perse.

Anyway, the 3rd world is a big one, with various enviromental conditions, some could use a computer of some sorts, others really shouldn't care about it. As long as tribal riots and such are going on, I'd say to them: "grow up before you may use a computer".

By HansO

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28-05-2006, 16:08

But, could *we* skip 70..80 years, and go from the steammachine to the digital age at a fingersnap? Because that's what's happening there then. A common mistake of the western world is to superimpose its own ideas about life/society on non-western worlds and think it'll be allright. Just because *we* are quite depending on computers these days, does that mean others should use them too? Let everyone learn/grow at his own pace, not out our pace perse.

Anyway, the 3rd world is a big one, with various enviromental conditions, some could use a computer of some sorts, others really shouldn't care about it. As long as tribal riots and such are going on, I'd say to them: "grow up before you may use a computer".

Did WE grow up yet? Second worldwar is less than 70 years ago, the Balkan is very close, we earn a lot of money on weapon trade, officially supported the Irak war etc.

Indeed the 3rd world is big. Lots of noise about the offshoring to India at the moment, and we cant deny most of India being 3rd world. That is only possible if there is computer education. Education and a bit of stability and access to information may help lead to peace and economical wellfare. And yes, computers help in education and hard to censor information access.

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