i don't believe this number of rs. 500 or rs. 1000 either, but hey, that is the trend in hardware these days. will the koreans and taiwanese dump displays at rs. 500 each? they may, if they are running into demand problems. and with linux and no hard disk, maybe a price of rs. 2500 is achievable. that would be great, if it has wifi and gps and a camera and networking built in (actually the ideas for grid computing built into the OLPC are quite good, but i got cheesed off at the aggressive sales tactics esp by negroponte.)
after decades of always having to fork out $1200 for a decent computer (yes, it would do more but the price was always the same), it is good to see netbooks coming in at $299.
i am thinking of buying a netbook myself. after all, i do much of my browsing on my nokia smartphone already, and i am tired of lugging even a small 12" laptop around.
i can understand negroponte being peeved but do i feel sorry for him? naaaaah. the guy is a showman. and he sure hasn't been able to get the $100 OLPC going. he did try to make 'mit media lab' a big brand, but it failed as there really wasn't much behind the smoke and mirrors.