Affordable Linux laptop developed by an IIT Bombay team
on Monday February 26th, 2018, By Sumeet Patel

A good laptop as cheap as Rs 10,000 with all the necessary softwares has been developed by Mr. Mohammed Kasim and his colleagues and teachers.

Based on the extensive work they carried  out at IIT Bombay, they have come up with an affordable laptop, costing Rs. 10,000 ($150).

Mohammed Kasim and the team behind the affordable laptop

It is a 11.6″ laptop, based on an atom quad core processor. It has 4GB RAM, 32 GB NAND flash, an expansion slot through which one can attach an optional 2.5″ HDD/SDD, and most importantly, 10 hours of usage time, thanks to a 10,000 mAh battery. It has two USB ports, a mini HDMI port and a microSD card slot. It also has wifi and bluetooth.

This laptop comes with Debian Linux operating system and a lot of useful software, such as LibreOffice, LaTeX, Scilab, OpenModelica, Inkscape, GIMP, Blender, OpenFOAM, eSim, Synfig Studio, and various editors and browsers.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Linux softwares here is an image to give you a fair idea:

A comparison of softwares on Linux that can be touted as direct replacement for the given Windows’ softwares

The sufficiency of such a laptop has been validated by conducting detailed studies at IIT Bombay through students, who underwent an introductory and compulsory CS101 course. It will be useful to students and faculty of higher learning and also to those who are in K-12.

The video https://youtu.be/Ae3EZsK_yuM provides details of this laptop, the research work that has gone to validate it, and how one can order it.

A brochure on this laptop is available here: https://goo.gl/hKfGfs

It’s made in India and they have shown that given dedication and effort, anything is possible

Note: Presently this laptop is available for those who order a minimum of 300 laptops. The buyers can be students, teacher or even colleges.They are also ready to give a demo by visiting the colleges if thee travelling costs are covered

Sumeet Patel

Co-founder, Writer and Editor at Ten. I like writing on Life and Entrepreneurship. New concepts and innovations inspire me

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