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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 The OLPC XO machine was originally made famous for trying to hit a price target of around $100.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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RE: I suppose
By OrSin on 12/11/2006 1:42:31 PM , Rating: 2
I wsih people would coem to understand that the laptops was never intened to teach child in these country how to programs or any thing like that. They was built to replace text books. How much training do you need to turn on a laptop and find a file. People are trying so hard to make them into something they was never intended to do and then get mad because they fail at it.

RE: I suppose
By michal1980 on 12/11/06, Rating: -1
RE: I suppose
By Milliamp on 12/11/2006 2:30:17 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly, setting out to provide laptops and internet access to people who don't even have electricity is a rather ambitious goal.

You might be better off trying to provide cheap computing to places that do have electricity first, and if that is successful expand the program.

This is a bit like setting out to land on the moon before bothering trying to invent that pesky thing called an airplane.

RE: I suppose
By borowki on 12/11/2006 3:16:33 PM , Rating: 1
Whoever came up with this idea of replacing textbook with laptop is retarded. It costs around 10 bucks to print a textbook, probably less in countries with cheaper labor. It is durable and easy to use. Why the freaking hell would you want to replace books with these pieces o' junk?!

This is neo-colonalism at its very worse.

"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs
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