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Libya Joins One Laptop Per Child Project

NY Times reports on Libya committing to the One Laptop Per Child project:

“The government of Libya reached an agreement on Tuesday with One Laptop Per Child, a nonprofit United States group developing an inexpensive, educational laptop computer, with the goal of supplying machines to all 1.2 million Libyan schoolchildren by June 2008…

To date, Mr. Negroponte, the brother of the United States intelligence director, John D. Negroponte, has reached tentative purchase agreements with Brazil, Argentina, Nigeria and Thailand, and has struck a manufacturing deal with Quanta Computer Inc., a Taiwanese computer maker.”

The deal with Libya should bring the total quantity up to the threshold required to begin manufacture.

What a fine example of the power of Linux and open source! And with this project, we should see a pivotal change in the global marketshare of Linux as well.

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