At a world Internet summit in Tunisia, MIT Media Lab Chairman Nicholas Negroponte (front) and Alan Kay (rear, seated), a laptop visionary in the 1970s while at Xerox PARC and now part of the $100 laptop project, announced details of a computer intended for children in poorer nations. It uses a wind-up crank, a 500MHz processor, 1GB of memory and a variant of the Linux operating system.
Declan McCullagh, CNET Networks
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