All right this is so much around the web, you can't remain unaware about this one. But still only open source people like me are aware of it. Some people from MIT media lab dreamed of making a small $100 laptop for kids of poor countries for educational purpose.
But they have many hurdles like hardware, funding and biggest was software. I donno when, but hardware thing was shelled out by AMD and for funding many Biggies like News Corp, Google etc jumped up. But real pain was writing software. So here is where Open source came into picture, the good guys from Redhat(yeah I know that is a cliche, but open source is so much consistent.) dedicated an entire team of developer to port Fedora 5 (Linux distribution from Redhat)for this laptop.
Now as everyone know fedora is one of the heaviest of known OS, so it was mammoth task for developers to port it to save power, efficiency etc. Secondly many other open source developer collaborated for this good cause and created a nice GUI. GUI is very very intuitive and kids have responded well to it. Then, they placed servers which will be used for wi-fi internet! yes, that's true someone is funding for that as well.
The laptop is a green machine and it is powered by a handle which can be rotated to power the laptop(wow! that's the innovation.). Its keys and interface are beautifully designed.
Many countries have already starting using the same for their kids. I am not sure, but I would like everyone visiting this place to take note of this effort and if possible persuade some NGOs or Govt bodies to support the cause and find out if this can be used to benefit the needy. And if you are developer of any kind, right from embedded to web designed, you can directly contribute.
Please check any of the below sites for more details
Wikipedia had dedicated an entire section to OLPC :
The site for olpc is
In India following place has adopted the laptop for use in a school:
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