Libyan government to distribute laptops to school children

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Libyan  government has made a deal worth $250 million deal with an American nonprofit group to provide inexpensive laptop computers to its population of 1.2 million school going children, as a part of the programme one ‘Laptop per Child’, supported of the United Nations Development Program.

Scheduled to be completed by June 2008, Libya may turn out to be the first nation to enable all school-age children to connect to the Internet through educational computers.  Accordingly , with 1.2 million computers, each school  would be provided with a server, a team of technical advisers, satellite Internet service and other infrastructure. The machines would be equipped with hand cranks or foot pedals, so that children can use them when electricity is too costly or not available. They will have wireless network access and, run on an open-source operating system, such as Linux.

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