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Even though the price of the OLPC has risen to $175, it is still cheaper than alternative projects

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) group recently announced that its low-cost laptop would be raised from $100 up to $175, but the group is still confident that enough orders will be placed for the group to begin mass production before September.  The goal behind the project is planning to offer inexpensive notebook computers to school children in developing nations.

Even with an increased price tag of $175, the notebooks are still much cheaper than what the computer industry has traditionally offered.  OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte previously stated the price of the notebooks could drop almost 25 percent per year.

A number of factors have caused the increase in the laptop, including design costs and a raise in price of nickel.

"We are perhaps at the most critical stage of OLPC's life," said Negroponte.

Using a modified version of Red hat Linux, the Quanta Computer-built laptop offers users an interface that has pictographic icons instead of traditional windows and folders.

OLPC reportedly already has 2.5 million unit orders, but has to reach the 3 million order mark before May 30, or the group's hardware suppliers will not have enough time to get parts ready, according to Negroponte.

OLPC officials said on Thursday that it may offer laptops to U.S. schools, even though the group previously said that the laptops would be for foreign children only.

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By Dactyl on 4/29/2007 1:36:52 AM , Rating: 5
On the news of price increases, children across the third world rioted today, demanding the OLPC project be scrapped in favor of the OPPEFK plan:

One PS3 Per Every Four Kids

Considering that most of them have 3 or more siblings, OPPEFK would mean a Cell Broadband Engine-based Linux machine in most homes. It would provide greater computational resources to the third world (and help cure cancer). Edu-tainment software would take place in a 3D world and instructional videos would be rendered in glorious 1080p.

And no one would make fun of them for having something that looks like a toy.

We're going to need programmers who can handle multithreading. Getting the next generation of youths in Africa started on CBE machines will do more for us in the long run than giving them oversized Tamagotchi machines.

Plus, Sony will make a killing selling them wireless internet add-ons and HDMI cables.

By sulo251 on 4/29/2007 2:04:23 AM , Rating: 3
I fully support this plan! Where do I sign up?!

By Fenixgoon on 4/29/2007 5:25:42 PM , Rating: 2
and how are they going to afford all this electricity that the PS3 consumes by being on and folding?

By KaiserCSS on 4/29/2007 9:14:56 PM , Rating: 3
Did you hear that 'whooshing' sound over your head just now? No?

Well, I suppose that explains it.

By kristof007 on 4/30/2007 3:38:47 PM , Rating: 2
Oh man thanks for the laugh. That's an amazing post.

On a more serious note props to the guys who created the modified Linux OS with an easier navigation interface than windows.

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