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Public can now purchase an XO Laptop, with a catch

You must have read about the OLPC, or One Laptop Per Child project. An ambitious project to bring computers into the world of developing nation's children, the resulting machine is slated to start mass production just next month. <br /><br /> However, not everything is smooth sailing

You must have heard about the OLPC, or One Laptop Per Child, project by now. OLPC is an ambitious project to bring computers to children in developing nations, and the resulting machine is slated to start mass production just next month.

Not everything is smooth sailing though. According to the New York Times:

Orders, however, are slow. “I have to some degree underestimated the difference between shaking the hand of a head of state and having a check written,” said Nicholas Negroponte, chairman of the nonprofit project. “And yes, it has been a disappointment."

That said, Mr. Negroponte views the problem as only a temporary one. Still, to give the project a boast in the interim, OLPC will be announcing a marketing program called "Give 1 Get 1."

Essentially, the program allows Americans and Canadians to buy two XO Laptops for $399. One of these machines will be shipped to the purchaser by Christmas. The other one will be donated to a child in a developing nation, and it will be a tax-deductible charitable contribution.

The program will run for two weeks from Nov 12 to Nov 26.

A number of TechRepublic members have earlier indicated in their comments that they would be keen to get an XO Laptop should it become available. Well, it looks like your wish has materialized.

If you have an XO Laptop, what will you likely be using it for?

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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.

8 comments
lardbellyed
lardbellyed

i think there are thousands of american and canadian chrildren who would could use these laptops too.many of our families don't have financial means to pay for a laptop computer that they could use but it appears these laptops are for other countries.I'm not too surprized that orders are slow.

centsamuel
centsamuel

IT'S PRETTY COOL BEVAUSE PEOPLE CALL THE LAPTOP ONE DOLLAR PER CHILD BUT HERE IN SFRICA NIGERIA YOUTHS WILL EVEN GET IT FOR THEMSELVES IF THEY CAN AND IF IT IS MARKETABLE HERE IN NIGERIA.IT'S A GOOD IDEA AS I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO HAVING ONE TOO.

Edwin Moore
Edwin Moore

I would however I am an Australian. It would be great to see an expansion of the ???Give 1 Get 1??? to Australia as I would certainly then buy some.

paulmah
paulmah

Will you be getting an XO Laptop?

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

This is a three-year-old article. I believe the XO project is dead. But welcome aboard anyway!

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

My little one is still just slightly too young for a machine of her own. The OLPC is still the best choice for when she is ready though. Who knows, I may have to get one for to tinker with myself if the christmas budget allows it.

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

It doesn't have the media buz it once had but they are still plodding along. They are talking about doing the design work for a light weight notebook to sell in western markets. They also just released plans for the XO3 to be a tablet. (none of it a surprise, just an update)

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