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Re: A Computer for Africa

  • Subject: Re: A Computer for Africa
  • From: ukuntu <root@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2006 01:44:49 GMT
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: ntl Cablemodem News Service
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On Wed, 15 Mar 2006 19:01:49 +0000, Roy Schestowitz wrote:

> __/ [ B Gruff ] on Wednesday 15 March 2006 18:56 \__
>> Take a look at this guys?
>> http://www.tectonic.co.za/view.php?src=rss&id=921
>> No doubt will cost more than the hand-cranked version, but it looks to me
>> like a "real" PC, running off less than 10W, which means it can be powered
>> by a small(-ish) solar array.
>> Dust-proofed, no moving parts.
>> (Linux, of course!)
> With such a nifty flat screen (I can see KDE), could they only afford
> peripherals that have not been pulled out of some film from the 70's? Quite
> frankly, the $100 laptop seems to bear much more potential and could be sold
> in numbers that verge half a billion within a couple of years. I, for one,
> would love to see it come true. *smile*

That's not KDE, its RISCOS -looking a bit like this
and being the OS that Windows95 etc. KDE, Gnome and a whole load of other
"desktops" are modelled on.

RiscOS is a damn good (for its size), OS; runs from ROM, boot in a few
seconds, is very efficient on RAM use, and generally beats the sh*t out
of both Windows and Linux for its size and its CPU/RAM requirements.

I used to have an Acorn ARM computer myself years ago, it was a 8MHZ CPU
(running at 4MIPS), with 4MB of ram, a 40MB hard drive... and it was
quicker to use by a long way than my first PC... which was a Pentium 133
with a massive 32MB of ram and something relatively enormous like a 512MB
hard drive..

ahhh... happy days.... (mostly).

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