As students and teachers in developing nations await the arrival of former MIT Media Lab Director Nicholas Negroponte's $100 laptop later this year, a consortium of educators and technology providers has developed a list of specifications it says are essential to building the ultimate one-to-one computing solution for schools in more-developed nations.

Known as Project Inkwell, the group has been working for close to three years on a set of industry standards for hardware and software manufacturers to reference when designing personal computing solutions for schools. Where the majority of laptops purchased by schools today...

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