November 12, 2007 07:57 PM PST
The One Laptop Per Child
project started accepting orders for the handy little computers today. The goal is to create a $100 laptop for developing nations, however the first iteration of the laptop costs $200. Initially these laptops were only going to be sold in large amounts to overseas schools, but OLPC has decided on a "forced charity" model that allows anyone to buy one. It's actually quite ingenious. If you want one of the laptops, you must also buy a second one to be donated to a kid overseas.
So the deal is, for $400 you get a cool little laptop and also provide one for a kid to become the next Jobs, Gates, or Mitnick
. But that's not all! T-Mobile is offering one year of free Wi-Fi at all their hotspots across the US
. You can also write off $200 of the purchase as charity.
The specs of the machine are a mixed bag. The CPU speed and ram are low, but the screen is an impressive 1200x900 at 200dpi, and also has a layered black and white display that is daylight readable. The laptop also supposedly has incredible Wi-Fi range and has huge battery life. All software and OS is open source - Steve Jobs offered free copies of OS X for all the laptops and was turned down because it's closed source.
So click here and sign up for "give one get one".