backtop


Print 52 comment(s) - last by mindless1.. on May 1 at 5:25 PM

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.


Comments     Threshold


This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

RE: ebooks
By Dactyl on 4/29/2007 4:17:36 AM , Rating: 2
We will get eBooks as soon as the content owners figure out how to DRM them into uselessness.

For instance, you will be able to buy your textbooks for $60 instead of $80-120, but they will disappear after 1 semester.


RE: ebooks
By michal1980 on 4/29/2007 9:37:13 AM , Rating: 1
already out there, safarix i belive is the sight.


RE: ebooks
By eman 7613 on 4/29/2007 7:12:47 PM , Rating: 2
Doesn't matter, its called the PrintScrn button, you can download (or code easily enough) applications that will take a pic of the screen and auto save it into a pdf, jpg, what ever and be done with it.


"You can bet that Sony built a long-term business plan about being successful in Japan and that business plan is crumbling." -- Peter Moore, 24 hours before his Microsoft resignation











botimage
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki