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But end result is still cheaper than anything else

A report is suggesting the famous OLPC XO machine could actually be costing upwards of $900, according to analysts. The OLPC XO machine was originally made famous for trying to hit a price target of around $100. Later on in the project however, it was revealed that the price had gone up to roughly $140. Now, analysts are saying that the true cost of an XO machine could actually be around $900 due to hidden costs not actually associated with the hardware itself.

Besides manufacturing there are other costs such as packaging, shipping and other logistics. Of course, there will be people involved in distributing the XO but there will be a cost associated with having teachers trained.

The primary placement for the OLPC XO machine will be inside classrooms. Training is required which analysts indicated as being the most critical aspect of making the OLPC project a successful one. Jon Camfield, a writer for OLPC News indicated that training, maintenance, repairs and other things such as insurance and theft will all add up. Then there are network associated costs. Wi-Fi networks have to be setup so OLPC users can communicate with each other. Upgrades will be part of the equation too. DailyTech reported last week that Microsoft plans to have the XO machines come bundled with Windows XP, but the storage capacity on the XO's isn't enough, requiring more upgrades.

Despite Camfield's arguments however, it is still true that an XO costs much less than typical laptops, where if being used in a similar situation will have the same associated costs. In that case, the XO is still far cheaper on a whole than an average laptop. Costs aside, the OLPC group is facing competition from Intel and its Classmate PC and another company called Encore Software and its Mobilis tablet. Competition in the market will always drive down costs.

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ignore the haters
By msva124 on 12/11/2006 12:23:00 PM , Rating: 0
It doesn't matter. As long as they have good intentions, good things will happen.

RE: ignore the haters
By dice1111 on 12/11/2006 12:28:08 PM , Rating: 2
I wish. Unfortunatly the saying that "good guys finish last" isn't around without a reason.

RE: ignore the haters
By bldckstark on 12/11/2006 12:42:39 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with your assessment, but in this case it would appear that they have enough resources and interest to actually do some good in the world. It remains to be seen how much good, and of course someone will find a way to make this a bad thing to some degree. Still, you gotta give these guys props for trying.

Often times the bad guy finishes first, then he does something good with the winnings. Look at Bill Gates. Microsoft has taken over the world, and we love to bash his babies, but he is also the greatest philantrhopist of all time (by dollars donated).

RE: ignore the haters
By creathir on 12/11/2006 12:49:22 PM , Rating: 2
Did you HONESTLY just say that?
"Results don't matter... it is the intentions that count..."

Are you kidding me?!?! Results don't matter?!?!?
If I told my boss that... I would be FIRED... on the spot!

- Creathir

RE: ignore the haters
By Zirconium on 12/11/2006 1:00:14 PM , Rating: 4
Way to put words in his mouth. He said that if there are good intentions, then there will be good results. That is also a bullshit statement, but way to fly off the handle for your own misinterpretation.

RE: ignore the haters
By masher2 on 12/11/2006 1:25:14 PM , Rating: 3
I could be wrong, but I think he was being sarcastic.

RE: ignore the haters
By msva124 on 12/11/2006 2:00:39 PM , Rating: 2
Ding ding ding! We have a winner!

RE: ignore the haters
By creathir on 12/11/2006 4:52:16 PM , Rating: 2
I would have titled this differently, as the title implies seriousness in the statement.

If this is the case, sorry;)

- Creathir

RE: ignore the haters
By Misty Dingos on 12/11/2006 1:02:41 PM , Rating: 2
You have got to be kidding me! Good intentions don't mean anything. Accomplish something or all the good intentions in the world don't amount to one mouthful of food, one educated child, one genocide stopped, one dictator deposed, or one informed voter. Please tell me that you work for a non-profit or better yet a government. And god don't let you be a teacher or professor. I am not sure that I could handle the thought of you mushifying children's minds.

RE: ignore the haters
By Rage187 on 12/11/2006 1:22:34 PM , Rating: 3
Actually, it's usually "No good deed goes unpunished" :)

"We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit." -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng's take on patent troll Soverain
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