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Uruguay Rolling in Laptops

Posted on Oct 18, 2009

The One Laptop Per Child program aims to provide low-cost computers to children in underdeveloped countries.

Uruguay may have lost to South American rival Argentina in a recent World Cup qualifying match, but it has become the first country to provide a computer to every primary school-going child as part of the One Laptop Per Child project, a program that costs the state just 5 percent of its total education budget.

The BBC:

Uruguay has become the first country to provide a laptop for every child attending state primary school.

President Tabaré Vázquez presented the final XO model laptops to pupils at a school in Montevideo on 13 October.

Over the last two years 362,000 pupils and 18,000 teachers have been involved in the scheme.

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By Anarcissie, October 19, 2009 at 8:50 am Link to this comment

I had one of these things.  (I have now given it to a child.)  It was cute and worked pretty well.  I especially liked the way it hooked up automatically to others of its kind, and to any local WIFI to get out the the Internet.  However, I understand that the program was seriously impeded by Microsoft, a corporation which never fails to do evil when it sees the opportunity, and held up until a version which would run Windows was produced.  (The original version ran on Linux and made a point of using open-source software.)  As a result, many good people left the project.  I don’t know what’s become of it since then.  However, really cheap netbook (minimal laptop) devices are on the way and a $100-dollar computer with a reasonable repertoire of features and capacity is not far off.

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