Latest Low-Cost Linux Laptop

Lora Bentley

Just when One Laptop Per Child is beginning to recover from Intel's defection, the low-cost educational laptop for children in emerging countries has yet another competitor.


BetaNews reports that the Pixel Qi project is working toward a "$75-or-so" laptop that will run Linux or Windows, and is considering other operating systems as well. It won't just be a "Dell on a diet," says project leader Mary Lou Jepsen, who left her job as CTO of One Laptop Per Child in the fall.


She distinguishes Pixel Qi from other low-cost laptops this way:

While there is a new set of low-cost laptops emerging, really they're Dells on a diet...nice machines, but they're not machines people will fall in love with, machines people will line up to buy. Our approach is to come up with a clean sheet of paper. That's where the exciting products are.

Spinning off from OLPC enables Pixel Qi to address a larger market and take on a wider range of new technologies, Jespen notes.

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Jan 14, 2008 8:07 AM Charbax Charbax  says:
OLPC has no competitors. Mary Lou Jepsen commercializes OLPC technology to bring down the price of the OLPC components. She will bring the screen and battery power technology to mass market consumer PC and laptop products. Reply

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