Wow. India has announced a program that will manufacture and distribute a $35 laptop for students. Linux based, memory card storage system, that’s insane. Here’s a good longer article as details are released.
I owned one of the OLPC $100 computers when they had a “give one get one” program. I suggest just browsing their site to get some perspective on what a simple computer is capable of and what it can provide for a child. It was fun, cartoony, and did great with internet and basic word processing; all you need as an elementary school student, but the Linux OS provided a huge upside for the aspiring programmers. Unfortunately:
1) The $100 laptop is still costing $199.
2) The “give one, get one” program has been discontinued, and you can find these being scalped on ebay. Confession: I sold mine for $249 to someone in Deutschland.
3) If this India $35 laptop has wings, it’s going to kill an otherwise great program.