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AMD CEO Hector Ruiz envisioned $100 laptops in the future. MIT hopes to make this future happen sooner.

MIT’s media lab chairman. Nicholas Negroponte, spoke in Japan today about the prospect of putting a laptop in every child’s lap.

Dubbed The $100 Laptop company, Mr. Negroponte hopes five or six countries will order 6 million machines to fully place the project underway. That’s the number of laptops an initial production run in China will produce.

And the laptops, backed by Advanced Micro Designs, will have an AMD 500mhz processor. They will not have a hard drive, instead containing 1 GB of flash memory, and a wireless LAN connection.

As machines come online in an area, they would connect to form a mesh network. The mesh network extends the connection to a network node, allowing those at the fringe of the network to utilize the connection.

Mr. Negroponte says the laptop would run Linux, as noted in a PCWorld.com article. Discussions with Raleigh-based Red Hat and Beijing Red Flag Software to select a provider for the operating system have been ongoing.

Getting laptops into the hands of children will give them a sense of ownership, something that is theirs, according to Mr. Negroponte.

David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business. Email him here.

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