A working prototype of the $100 PC design gets a tryout on Tuesday at a One Laptop Per Child meeting that brought together task forces from the seven countries where the laptops will be launched.
The Linux-based design forgoes a hard drive, but will have four USB ports. Wireless broadband is expected to let several neighboring laptops form an ad hoc local network. The preliminary schedule calls for shipment-ready units by the end of 2006 or early 2007.
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