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OLPC delays angering G1G1 donors

If you've been following the OLPC news, you shoulde remember that it launched a Give 1 Get 1 (G1G1) program in November last year. The scheme allowed individuals to obtain an OLPC XO laptop for themselves by making a donation of $399, or twice the cost of what a unit will cost.

If you've been following the OLPC news, you shoulde remember that it launched a Give 1 Get 1 (G1G1) program in November last year. The scheme allowed individuals to obtain an OLPC XO laptop for themselves by making a donation of $399, or twice the cost of what a unit will cost.

However, initial production delays, compounded by shipping problems, is causing users to get increasingly frustrated.

Excerpt from Ars Technica:

A serious software glitch rendered inaccurate the delivery addresses of many G1G1 participants who made their donation through PayPal... those familiar with the delivery chain believe that Patriot, the company that handles the order processing, is responsible.

In an interview with PC World:

OLPC representative Jackie Lustig acknowledged the problems and apologized to donors. "There have been delays in getting the laptops to those who generously donated to the program. And we are sorry."

Still, is it entirely right to blame what is ultimately a non-profit organization for the delays?

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

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