Doel (computer)

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Doel (Bengali: দোয়েল) was a laptop assembled in Bangladesh as part of a circa 2011 national education program.[1] It is assembled by Telephone Shilpa Sangstha.[2] It was the first laptop made in Bangladesh.[3] The first laptop produced was launched for US$130 in 2011.[4][5] The OS used is Android.[6]

The computer's name comes from the national bird of Bangladesh, the doel or Oriental magpie robin, a widely used symbol in Bangladesh.[citation needed]

In 2011, the eventual plan was to distribute Doel and other computers to every K-12 student in Bangladesh, along with free software (such as Edubuntu or Sugar) for education and open educational resources. Bangladesh had digitized an entire suite of textbooks in the Bengali language for free distribution.[7][needs update]

In the event, the project faced technical and fund problems, and by 2016, was in limbo.[8][needs update]


  1. ^ "PM unveils locally assembled laptop". The Daily Star. October 12, 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  2. ^ Devin, Coldewey. "Bangladesh Announces National Laptop Line Starting At $130". Tech Crunch. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  3. ^ Ethirajan, Anbarasan (2011-10-11). "Bangladesh unveils $130 'Doel' laptops". BBC News. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  4. ^ "Cheap Laptops: It's Bangladesh's Turn". Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  5. ^ "Government's laptop project crash lands | Dhaka Tribune". Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  6. ^ "Bangladesh launches one of the world's cheapest laptops". 2011-10-11. Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  7. ^ "PM opens online version of textbooks". Priyo News. Apr 24, 2011. Archived from the original on 1 June 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  8. ^ Express, The Financial. "Fund crisis, technical glitches put 'Doel' laptop project in limbo :: Financial Express :: Financial Newspaper of Bangladesh". Retrieved 2016-10-02.

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