Bill Gates Criticizes $100 MIT Laptop

Bill Gates doesn’t like it.

The $100 laptop, running on a free Linux operating system, and not on Microsoft Windows is being built by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s media guru Nicholas Negroponte with support from Microsoft rival, search giant Google. The goal is to offer computing potential to poor children around the world .

Meantime, Microsoft last week rolled out its plan for lightweight computers originally codenamed Origami. But with expected price tags of $600-$1,000, the potential for success has been questioned by at least one prominent research firm. Red Herring has the story .