Yet another name change

With the OLPC project on its way to acquiring government accounts, the OLPC machine itself has gone through a number of changes, the latest being its name. Now officially called the XO, the OLPC machine was previously called 2B1. DailyTech previously reported that 2B1 was slated to ship at roughly 5 million orders but today the organization responsible is waiting to accrue more orders.

XO, which was originally called CM1 and then later named to 2B1, has gone through a number of hardware changes too. One of the changes is the way the unit receives power. The original concept was to have the machine receive power from its user. An OLPC user would use a crank handle and turn it quickly in order to charge up power reserves in the machine. This design was later changed when a crank-based OLPC broke during a public demonstration. The XO now has a module with a string that users yank on.

Just last week, DailyTech reported that Libya put forward an order for 1.2 million OLPC units. Quanta will be the official manufacturer for the OLPC project and said that production will start sometime in November of this year. Analysts are looking forward to seeing OLPC XO units in action. Many are excited about the project's long term goals although some people still have doubts about the effectiveness of an XO over traditional books.

"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet.  A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
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