Wikipedia to ship preloaded on $100 laptops

Posted by Wolfgang Gruener

The One Laptop per Child (OLPC) association says that it will preload its $100 laptop computers with a snapshot of select Wikipedia articles. In a statement releases with the announcement, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales was quoted saying "OLPC's mission goes hand in hand with our goal of distributing encyclopedic knowledge, free of charge, to every person in the world. Not everybody in the world has access to a broadband connection. This is exactly the type of project that advances Wikipedia's core mission."

The OLPC notebook will be based on 500 MHz AMD processor. A 512 MB flash memory unit will serve as storage device; the LCD screen runs at a 1110 x 830 pixel resolution in black and white and in 640 x 480 pixel resolution in color mode. According to the OLPC, the notebooks will integrate "innovative power (including wind-up)," wireless broadband capability and "will be able to do most everything except store huge amounts of data."