For $150, Third-World Laptop Stirs a Big Debate

Jim Gettys jg at
Wed Jan 3 18:51:00 UTC 2007

On Fri, 2006-12-01 at 22:11 +0000, J J wrote:

> And predictably stupid.  As Bill Gates and Co. have no concerns in this 
> world other then money, the best thing that could possibly happen for them 
> is for more of the world to get educated and start producing wealth (which 
> turns into money sooner or later, and windows/intel is largely the only real 
> alternative for personal computing at the moment).  But instead they focus 
> on the fact that they don't get to tax *this* transaction.

Bill Gates has put enough money, and more importantly, time and energy
into philanthropy in the developing world over the last number of years
that I do not doubt the sincerity of his motives. Go take a quick look
at the Gates Foundation web site.

Remember, it is a bitter pill for Bill Gates to swallow that his
company's software is not the software we are concentrating on; if you
were chairman and founder of Microsoft, you'd probably believe fervently
in your product too.  To he and his company's credit, they have been
much better about OLPC than Intel has been.
                           - Jim
Jim Gettys
One Laptop Per Child

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