Computatores portabile pro omne le studentes de Uruguay!

(Languages of this post: Interlingua, English)

Uruguay, un pais admirabilemente progressive que recentemente ha expandite le derectos de su citatanos gay, nunc participa in un programma pro dar un computator portabile a cata un del studentes in su scholas public.

In 2005 Nicholas Negroponte, qui tunc esseva le director del laboratorio pro disveloppar medios de communication electronic al Massachusetts Institute of Technology in le Statos Unite, comenciava le designo de un computator portabile multo economic que nunc se vende a $175.00. Con le expansion del production de iste computator in serie, on spera que su precio eventualmente cadera a $100.00 o mesmo $50.00

“Il ha un billion de infantes in le mundo disveloppante, e le major parte de illes non ha ulle opportunitate pro apprender”, diceva Walter Bender, le director de logiciel pro iste programma, cognoscite in anglese como le “One Laptop per Child Project”. “Nos essaya a vader a locos ubi programmas de education manca, e nos crede que iste projecto potera stimular le disveloppamento de systemas de education alternative.”

In Uruguay, le computatores portabile de Negropone ha transformate le vita in un schola public in Villa Cardal. “Le poter de iste machinas es impressive, e le enthusiasmo de mi studentes pro iste machinas es simplemente stupende”, diceva le director del schola, Marcelo Galain, qui addeva que su studentes recipeva lor computatores un die immediate ante un die feriate national, ma le major parte de illes vadeva a lor schola durante iste die pro comenciar a usar los.

Le experientia informatic de alicun studentes comenciava con le joco electronic Tetris. Ma plus tarde, dice Galain, illes volera facer altere cosas con lor computatores, e nos comenciara a facililtar lor exploration de Linux (le systema que controla le logiciel gratuite de iste machinas).

Iste computatores ha un gigabyte de memoria e un systema que les permitte communicar con altere computatores identic, y cata computator anque ha un camera video. Le usatores de iste computatores pote communicar inter se sin le uso de Internet. Ma si un sol computator ha un connexion al Rete, altere computatores anque habera accesso a illo.

On spera que le enthusiasmo del studentes in Villa Cardal se replicara in altere scholas trans le mundo. Altere paises que ha exprimite interesse in iste programma include Argentina, Brasil, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Le Republica Dominican, Egypto, Ethiopia, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Rwanda, e Thailand.

Le introduction de telephonos cellular in le paises del tertie mundo ha facite multo pro stimular lor economias, permittente, pro exemplo, que mercantes e lor clientes pote cercar le pretios plus favorabile pro lo que illes vole comprar in un mercato electronic expandite. Se crede que le introduction de iste computatores de Nicholas Negroponte anque stimulara le disveloppamento de un simile revolution in le education cuje limites, naturalmente, non se pote predicer in iste momento.

Il pare ben possibile tamen que si milliones de infantes apprende a usar Linux e le logiciel gratuite controlate per illo, tal infantes, quando illes devenira adultos, non volera usar le logiciel commercial de Microsoft. Illes habera apprendite a scriber nove logiciel con le characteristicas que illes volera implementar e lo distribuera gratuitemente a altere personas interessate in usar lo.

Uruguay, an admirably progressive country that recently has expanded the rights of its gay citizens, is now participating in a program to give a portable computer to each one of the students in its public schools.

In 2005 Nicholas Negroponte, who then was the director of the laboratory for developing electronic communications media at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology in the United States, started designing a very cheap portable computer that is now being sold for $175.00. With the expansion of the mass production of this computer, it is hoped that its price will eventually drop to $100.00 or even $50.00.

“There are one billion children in the developing world, and most of them do not have any opportunity to learn,” said Walter Bender, the software director for this program, known as the “One Laptop per Child Project.” “We are trying to go to places lacking in education programs, and we believe that this project will be able to stimulate the development of alternative systems of education.”

In Uruguay, Negroponte’s portable computers have transformed life in a public school in Villa Cardal. “The power of these machines is impressive, and the enthusiasm of my students for these machines is simply astonishing,” said the principal of the school, Marcelo Galain, who added that his students received their computers on the day immediately before a national holiday, but most of them went to their school the next day anyway to start using them.

The computer experience of some students started with the electronic game Tetris. But later on, Galain says, they are going to want to do other things with their computers, and we will start facilitating their exploration of Linux (the operating system that controls the free applications software of these machines).

These computers have a gigabyte of memory and a system that allows them to communicate with other identical computers, and each computer also has a video camera. The users of these computers can communicate among themselves without the use of the Internet. But if just one computer has a connection to the Net, other computers will also have access to it.

It is hoped that the enthusiasm of the students in Villa Cardal will be replicated in other schools throughout the world. Other countries that have expressed interest in this program include Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Rwanda, and Thailand.

The introduction of cell phones in the countries of the third world has done a great deal to stimulate their economies, allowing merchants and their customers, for example, to search out the most favorable prices for what they want to buy in an expanded electronic market. It is believed that the introduction of Nicholas Negroponte’s computers will also stimulate the development of a similar revolution in education whose limits, naturally, cannot be predicted at this moment.

It seems quite possible, however, that if millions of children learn to use Linux and the free software that it controls, such children, when they become adults, will not want to use Microsoft’s commercial software. They will have learned to write new software with the characteristics that they will want to implement and will distribute it for nothing to other people interested in using it.


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