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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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Updates on the article ....
By crystal clear on 4/29/2007 4:58:11 AM , Rating: 5
OLPC has named its laptop as -"Children's Machine 1 (CM1)".

Then comes this-

Update: It looks like the branding is evolving as rapidly as the hardware. MIT media lab faculty member and OLPC project participant Walter Bender replaced every instance of "CM1" in the OLPC wiki with 2B1, the same name used by a tax-exempt non-profit organization founded by Dimitri and Nicholas Negroponte in the '90s. The 2B1 Foundation was re-launched earlier this month with little notice from the press. Sources within the OLPC project have confirmed the 2B1 branding change, but it hasn't yet been officially announced.

The specifications(updated)-

CM1/2B1 features a 400mhz AMD Geode processor (the original prototypes had a 366mhz processor), 128MB of DRAM, built-in wireless support, and 512MB of flash memory for internal storage.

In addition to a faster processor, the CM1 sports several other new features not found in the original prototypes, including an SD card slot, microphone and speaker jacks (potentially for rumored VoIP support), and a digital camera capable of capturing video and still images

The display will feature 1200x900 resolution.

Nicholas Negroponte reveals that the CM1 display "has higher resolution than 95 percent of the laptop displays on the market today.

Now a simple question-this laptops targeted use is in the UNDERDEVELOPED WORLD, then why do you need to upgrade.

a digital camera capable of capturing video and still images

1200x900 resolution

I ask WHY ?

This drives up the COST-they need something very basic.

Sorry OLPC dont upgrade rather downgrade & stick to the
$100 barrier & logo.

RE: Updates on the article ....
By Spoelie on 4/30/2007 7:16:57 AM , Rating: 3
You cannot deprive third world children of a myspace! how else would they take pictures/webcam vids :'(

RE: Updates on the article ....
By zsouthboy on 4/30/07, Rating: 0
"A lot of people pay zero for the cellphone ... That's what it's worth." -- Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook

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