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OLPC XO Notebook Production Line  (Source: BBC News)
OLPC XO notebook now in production and should be able to meet initial orders

We first heard about the One Laptop per child (OLPC) foundation several years ago when MIT first proposed to build very low cost notebook computers with the goal of putting one laptop into the hands of each child in developing nations to improve their education.

DailyTech has followed the development of the XO laptop for some time now from its first proposed price of $100 to the subsequent price increases bringing its cost to $188. Production delays with the XO laptop left many wondering if the OLPC would be able to produce enough laptops to meet its initial 100,000-unit order from Uruguay.

The XO notebook is also now facing competition from Intel, who has members on the OLPC board, in the global marketplace. After all the price increases and contracts lost to competitors, the XO notebook is finally in production. The OLPC Foundation told BBC News today that the XO laptop is now in production in a Quanta factory in Changshu, China.

"Today represents an important milestone in the evolution of the One Laptop per Child project," said Nicholas Negroponte, founder of OLPC. Negroponte told the BBC that the OLPC had reached this milestone “despite all the naysayers.”

With the XO laptop now in full production the OLPC Foundation should have no trouble filling its first order of 100,000 XO notebooks for Uruguay and enough systems to cover the demand here in the United States for the Give 1 Get 1 promotion running from the 12th to November 26.



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I know this is a bad thing to say....
By ZaethDekar on 11/7/2007 5:25:25 PM , Rating: 2
however I find it funny that its the 'One Laptop per Child' and they have children building them.

I am very excited to finally see this launch.




By DragonMaster0 on 11/7/2007 7:00:51 PM , Rating: 2
RE: I know this is a bad thing to say....
By feraltoad on 11/7/2007 11:36:58 PM , Rating: 3
Well they mean "One Laptop Per Child" per minute. "Kick it in to high gear nDugu, or your outta here!"

I'm excited to see these reappropriated (stolen) and arrayed as a network to coordinate attacks: sat maps, video surveillance, communications. Given to a hostile population it would be a godsend, for them. Won't that be nice.


RE: I know this is a bad thing to say....
By tspinning on 11/8/2007 9:02:37 AM , Rating: 2
i only wish i had another remark to downgrade you with, however with the idiocy running rampant in this thread i used all mine already....


By feraltoad on 11/8/2007 6:09:53 PM , Rating: 2
1st comment was a bit of black comedy satiring the industrialization and exploitation of the third world. I guess that's all hunky dory with you?

The second is acknowledging the fact that people, not the children who get them mind you, looking to fight will make use of every single resource available. If you don't think a free, portable, and ubiquitous high tech solution for communications etc. is useful then I think idiocy is running far more rampant than you realize.


Question
By tjr508 on 11/8/2007 3:57:09 AM , Rating: 2
How are these supposed to make education better?
All of the studies that I have seen has shown computers to be more of a distraction than a learning tool, and even more so in important subjects like math and language.
Maybe software is cheaper than books?
I do like the idea of exposing people around the world to the free and open exchange of ideas, but the kids who will be using these will be too young to really understand the world anyways.




RE: Question
By wordsworm on 11/8/2007 5:53:36 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
All of the studies that I have seen has shown computers to be more of a distraction than a learning tool
It's been a long time since I had access to Concordia University's library, so I have nothing solid to backup my counter claim, any more than you do for yours. In any case, computer access had consistently been shown to improve students' work. It was found that the ease of checking for spelling, and allowing major to minor edits without having to actually rewrite the entire essay was beneficial.

quote:
but the kids who will be using these will be too young to really understand the world anyways.


Show me someone who understands the world and I'll show you peace. With the laptop, at least they would have access to information. Even if 1/20 of those children use it for educational purposes, that's enough to make the project worth every penny.


RE: Question
By theapparition on 11/8/2007 8:30:30 AM , Rating: 3
I'm not going to get into an indepth debate on this, but I somewhat agree with the OP. These may sound like a good idea at first, but I have serious doubts on thier long term effectiveness. Time will tell, I hope the contries that are spending the money know what they are doing.

quote:
In any case, computer access had consistently been shown to improve students' work. It was found that the ease of checking for spelling, and allowing major to minor edits without having to actually rewrite the entire essay was beneficial.

I'm not so sure of this. While calculators and computers can certainly improve the quantity of work, the focus in education should be quality. What good is a spell checker when the child can't spell at his required age level. Yes, it will fix mistakes, but that's not the point. Children should make mistakes, and those mistakes pointed out for them to learn. Calculators should only be used to get functions done quickly, not as a crutch with no understanding why 2+2=4. I'm not saying comptuters can't be usefull, just their implementation has to be done correctly.

quote:
Show me someone who understands the world and I'll show you peace.

While I generally agree that knowledge is our most valuable resource, there are arguments against it, too. There have been plenty of hate organizations that wouldn't even exist if it wasn't for computers and the internet now. Also consider the signifigant rise of child predation and child pornography, all the result of access to "knowledge". As with anything, computers should be used as a tool. How the tool is used (for good or bad) is always up to the user.


Finally!
By grath on 11/7/2007 4:13:19 PM , Rating: 3
How the starving children have managed this long without free porn at their fingertips never ceases to amaze me.

"No no no, we don't EAT the Bibles!"




RE: Finally!
By Misty Dingos on 11/7/2007 4:30:08 PM , Rating: 2
I think that you seriously under rate the value of free porn.


olpc
By UBB on 11/7/2007 5:49:45 PM , Rating: 2
Good to see this plan finally coming together. I can't wait to see the second generation XO.




Allow retail?
By ImSpartacus on 11/7/2007 8:26:07 PM , Rating: 2
These should be open for retail. I bet they could crank the price up to 200-250$ and help fund more research and production in this subject.

I wouldn't mind paying a little more than 188$ for something like this. It seems like a decent competitor to the Asus Eee, albeit cheaper. If you are getting as cheap a PC as the Eee, then you can't expect much more than the XO could offer.




Good news...
By BigToque on 11/8/2007 1:06:10 AM , Rating: 2
It's nice to see that a project like this manage to find it's way from concept to reality.

Will it be a success? Time will tell, but at least someone tried something with a noble idea and was able to follow through.




:|
By Vim on 11/8/2007 7:03:10 AM , Rating: 2
Increasing the load on the worlds Internet before the Internet "world backbone" can handle a great increase in usage is magnificent...

ISP's worldwide are starting to suck because of increase in use in "normal" customers, now they gotta possibly provide free internet for these peeps. Wait what?




Horse!!@*
By iFX on 11/7/07, Rating: -1
RE: Horse!!@*
By Misty Dingos on 11/7/2007 4:33:30 PM , Rating: 2
Good sir I think that you have relax a little. As most children in the first world do have the internet at their fingertips.

This is not like someone is going to go to little Johnny in Ontario and tell them you may not use the internet because little Shari in Kabul is using it right now.


RE: Horse!!@*
By murphyslabrat on 11/7/2007 4:43:21 PM , Rating: 1
They already have access to computers. At least in my area, the Public Library system has computer labs available for use. Ironically, while not pornography, most of the kids spend all their time on MySpace, loudly whispering about who is hot and who isn't. It is the developing nations that don't have the money or infrastructure for a similar venture, and that is the reason behind the OLPC project.

Now, whether or not the kids spend their time looking at pornography, they will see that there is a world out there to be grasped, and that there is better to be had. Ideally, this will lead to self-betterment, and ambition where there was none before.

That's the idea, anywho... I am a skeptic


RE: Horse!!@*
By iFX on 11/7/07, Rating: 0
RE: Horse!!@*
By TomZ on 11/7/2007 5:12:35 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Ideally, this will lead to self-betterment, and ambition where there was none before.

I hardly think the situation in poor and developing countries is due to a lack of ambition. That's a pretty arrogant and ignorant view.


RE: Horse!!@*
By murphyslabrat on 11/13/2007 1:44:04 PM , Rating: 2
Not at all. There are dreamers, but after they start being forced to merely survive, as is the case in much of rural Africa, dreams become impotent. That is where the OLPC project shines: a constant and present reminder that the wealth taken for granted in the US is achievable there.

BTW, is there any more self centric name for a nation than "us"? ^^j


RE: Horse!!@*
By BigRadi0Head on 11/7/07, Rating: 0
RE: Horse!!@*
By iFX on 11/7/07, Rating: -1
RE: Horse!!@*
By Vanilla Thunder on 11/7/2007 5:16:40 PM , Rating: 5
You sound like a redneck playing the ignorance card.


RE: Horse!!@*
By iFX on 11/7/07, Rating: -1
RE: Horse!!@*
By jvillaro on 11/7/2007 5:06:34 PM , Rating: 2
Man you have to be the most ignorant dailytech user I've seen posting here.
I can assure you that there are millions if not billions of people that are more civilized, better educated and decent than YOU in all those countries you left out your in your list.


RE: Horse!!@*
By iFX on 11/7/07, Rating: -1
RE: Horse!!@*
By jvillaro on 11/7/2007 5:18:36 PM , Rating: 2
Actually you just proved I had some free time to waste on your stupid remarks.


RE: Horse!!@*
By iFX on 11/7/07, Rating: 0
RE: Horse!!@*
By jvillaro on 11/7/2007 5:36:05 PM , Rating: 2
Oh you noticed, good for you.


RE: Horse!!@*
By iFX on 11/7/2007 5:41:58 PM , Rating: 2
Don't know? So your not one of the billions? I didn't think so...


RE: Horse!!@*
By iFX on 11/7/2007 5:22:13 PM , Rating: 1
That should do it - g'night all.


RE: Horse!!@*
By bhieb on 11/7/2007 5:52:01 PM , Rating: 2
I want the 5 minutes of my life back that this thread just took. I feel a little dumber just for reading it.


RE: Horse!!@*
By wordsworm on 11/7/2007 8:54:52 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Put a laptop in the hands of every child in the US, Canada, UK and Australia first - then the beggers and savages can have what's left - if they can figure out how to use them.

Translation: "Who's been walking on my bridge?!"


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