India's Ministry of Human Resource Development says it has developed a $35 computing device and is in the process of finding manufacturers for it.
"We have reached a (developmental) stage that today, the motherboard, its chip, the processing, connectivity, all of them cumulatively cost around $35, including memory, display, everything," the head of the department (pictured) said at a news conference, according to Reuters.
The touchscreen gadget can browse the Internet and do basic computing tasks. It will use the open-source Linux software for its operating system. The government believes it can eventually push the cost for manufacturing as low as $10.
While the tablet-like device is intended primarily for educational use, its design and price could potentially provide millions of people in India and other developing nations with access to a device with genuine computer power.
The "laptop," especially if it's available to large numbers of people, could mark a resurrection of Linux for PC products. The open-source software has had some success competing with Microsoft (MSFT) in the server market, but it never caught on in the personal computer sector. That may be about to change.
India Develops $35 'Laptop'