Wednesday, April 09, 2008

One Laptop Per Child

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:


C. Marie Byars said...

Thanks for visiting my site. Well, I've read some about these computers coming out. Hope they make the world a better place for the disadvantaged.

Sucharita Sarkar said...

thanx for visiting my blogs, both of them. Keep dropping in. Your blog is really full of hi-funda techie stuff, a learning experience for a technologically-challenged person like me.

Sucharita Sarkar said...

great suggestion about slapping the chairman.... but I'm the non-violent type.
when's the next post coming?

blaine00 said...

I've been keeping up with this project. I hope it goes well and I'd kinda like to get my hands on one of those laptops just to see how they are.