Gates scorns $100 laptop

By Derek Sooman on March 16, 2006, 7:04 PM
Bill Gates, who is obviously an expert on every subject under the Sun, has made a mockery of the $100 laptop computer for developing countries, currently being developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with the backing of Google. The laptops lack many features found in modern computers, such as a hard disk and software.

Gates said at the Microsoft Government Leaders Forum in Washington, DC: "The last thing you want to do for a shared use computer is have it be something without a disk... and with a tiny little screen."

He said, "Hardware is a small part of the cost" of providing computing capabilities, adding that the big costs come from network connectivity, applications and support.

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crossfire851 said:
Well of corse this laptop is going to get lots of "scorn" not just by Bill Gates, but just the user at end. This is no Area-51 Alienware laptop,no not at all. This is a STUDENT LAPTOP made for typing up a paper. NOT FOR PLAYING EURO-FORCE ON.
eko said:
The point is that this is a threat for M$, because it uses Linux. As long as you have to edit a text or make a presentation, you don't need x GB of RAM.
mentaljedi said:
I agree eko. Also, africa and asia are expanding and growing markets. Doesn't help MS if their markets don't like MS but prefer Google.
DragonMaster said:
[quote]He said, "Hardware is a small part of the cost"[/quote]If you use M$ software : $150 for the OS and an other $300-500 for Office. Plus thousands of other things for support and everything. If you use Linux, probably 0$[quote]and with a tiny little screen." [/quote]What's Origami?EDIT:[quote]"The last thing you want to do for a shared use computer is have it be something without a disk...[/quote]What about one of the Xbox 360 versions?"Uncle Bill"'s laughing at himself...[Edited by DragonMaster on 2006-03-17 11:37:30]
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