SourceOriginally Posted by The Register .co .uk
As the One Laptop Per Child initiative goes from strength to strength around the world, there are signs that Pakistan may be getting the message too, after the Punjab government began handing out 125,000 free Ubuntu-based laptops to college and university freshers.
Chairman of the Punjab Information Technology Board, Umar Saif, said the project was designed to "facilitate better access to educational content and tools", adding that it was the first project of its kind on such a scale to use open source software.
"Supporting open-source software at this scale, in a country with rampant use of proprietary and pirated software, is bold and laudable. Due to its flexibility, zero-cost and broad-based academic support, open-source software is the de facto standard for college and university students worldwide," he wrote.