From the annals of “That’s a darn good idea.”

If you haven’t heard of it before, Classmate PC is one of the organizations that is working towards bringing computer technology to the emerging countries of the world. What they are producing are cheap, rugged, simple, laptops that can be produced by the hundreds of thousands for use in schools around the world.

This is very similar to the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project that you may or may not have heard of. Here’s the wiki page for it. This is another organization that is trying to produce $100 laptops for the emerging countries of the world also. In fact OLPC is probably the best supported project.

I’ve heard of these programs before, and have read several articles on them. There was another blurb on Slashdot today about Linux now being an option on the Classmate PC that I read, and it made me look into the projects again. The OLPC project has been using Linux and OpenSource programs since the beginning. It’s a wonderful idea. What I do find funny is that Classmate PC uses an Intel chip and the OLPC project uses an AMD chip. (-:

The more I read about the OLPC project the more I hope they succeed.

Here is a picture of the current OLPC laptop.