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Thai kids to test One Laptop Per Child machines

Posted: 21 Aug 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Prototype of a laptop computer from One Laptop Per Child program

More than 500 children in Thailand are set to receive low-cost laptop computers in October and November for quality testing and debugging as part of the One Laptop Per Child program, according to a report from the Associated Press.

The One Laptop Per Child program, which began at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab, aims to deploy 5 to 7 million machines to poor children in Thailand, Nigeria, Brazil and Argentina in 2007.

Thailand's government is expected to buy 1 million units in the first year, said the AP report. Thailand Prime Minister Taksin Shinawatra used his recent weekly nationwide broadcast to discuse the OLPC.

The One Laptop Per Child machines will feature Linux OS, use flash memory instead of a hard drive, and run on electricity generated by a hand or foot pump, the AP report said.

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