Portugal keeps its promise, delivers Classmate PCs to schoolchildren nationwide

Not Portuguese children

Looks like the Portuguese Ministry of Education kept its promise to deliver a whole bunch of Classmate PCs to students ’round the country. The laptops will only cost students €50, or around $73. Quite the deal, then.

Apparently the laptops have been [nick]amed Magalhães. You might better recognize that name in its Anglicized form of Magellan, as in the explorer Ferdinand.

The country’s minister of education says it hopes to bring the PC-to-student ratio down to around 1:2, or one laptop per two kids. Those numbers would be the tops in Europe, Portugal’s small population notwithstanding.