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[school-discuss] Re: [IIEP] Which?- computers for ICT4D and FOSS

Pamela McLean wrote:

Thanks Rob - so we have a start

You have given us several laptops worth considering, I've enthused about
the Solo previously and you responded with the Simputer and the Carnegie
Mellon work. Sid  mentioned something else that started the discussion.

You've mentioned some of the important benefits to consider - Linux,
power consumption, and portability ...
One possible application for laptops is to plan on making maximum use of
their portability. We have some experience with laptop carts, 15-20
laptops all packed into a small space for transport. This, combined
perhaps with satellite communications, makes a computer/internet mobile,
analogous to a bookmobile, potentially practical. The whole setup could
fit into the back of a pickup truck or in a larger vehicle such as a bus
as a self contained mobile schoolroom.

Dr. Robert G. Rittenhouse, Chair
Department of Computer Science
McMurry University, Abilene, TX 79697-0968