According to Bill Gates, MIT has it
wrong with the $100 laptop aimed at developing nations. Commenting at
Government Leaders Forum in Washington, DC, Gates in one fell
swoop bashed the $100 laptop project while at the same time
bolstered the newly introduced Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) platform. He
remarked that the MIT laptop is practically useless because of its tiny display and lack of a hard drive.
"If you are going to go have
people share the computer, get a broadband connection and have
somebody there who can help support the user, geez, get a decent
computer where you can actually read the text and you're not sitting
there cranking the thing while you're trying to type," said
Gates. Interestingly enough, one of the early
complaints leveled against the UMPC has been its tiny screen and
Gates cleverly plugged the UMPC before he made his comments
about the $100 laptop. UMPC devices will range in price from $600 to
$1,000 and will include a 7" screen and a hard drive (one of
Gates' sticking points with the MIT laptop).
quote: Negroponte publicity stunt.
quote: We don't tolerate racists here!
quote: If you want to help the education system, create internet libraries with REAL PC's - Intel and Microsoft PC's, attached to WiMax and with real instructors inside. This is a shameful AMD marketing stunt and Negroponte publicity stunt.
quote: All companies make money at someone else's expense.
quote: ship over those Tandy 486's and what not
quote: This is the greatest philanthropist that has ever lived... and you think he is that petty? I highly doubt that.
quote: monolithic legacy operating system that is far from relevant in any development sense