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?

About Paul Mah

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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