October 7, 2006

Low-price laptops boast high-tech security

The One Laptop Per Child project, a nonprofit begun at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, aims to improve education by giving children bright-colored, hand-cranked, wireless-enabled portable computers. Governments are to buy the laptops -- beginning in 2007 with up to 7 million machines in Thailand, Nigeria, Brazil and Argentina -- and hand them to kids for them to own. The machines have garnered the most attention -- and some skepticism -- for the design elements helping to keep their price low. Among other things, the computers will employ the free Linux operating system, flash memory instead of a hard drive and a microprocessor that is slow by today's standards but requires minimal power.

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