What do you guys think of this idea? I've been doing a wee bit of reading about this project in the last couple of weeks and from what I can see, it should be a really good idea, as long as the scheme doesn't become abused with the distribution of the laptops themselves.
Here is a link to the actual laptop itself, the XO-1.
The last I heard this was going to end up being more like a $150 laptop by the time they actually get them in the field but this thing is hardened so it will work just about anywhere rain or shine and it is as tough as a Nextel "brick", RF connected and low power enough to run off a hand crank supply. I would buy one myself if they would sell me one but Andy Grove and Bill Gates is being sure these stay out of the US marketplace. Maybe they could start a program where they sell us one and we buy one for a 3d world kid. Even $300 is cheap for a laptop. Particularly for a laptop that can suffer living on the road.