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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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Whats the point?
By ChipDude on 4/29/2007 12:16:42 PM , Rating: 2
3 million orders is simply too small an order to get economies of scale.

Also whats the point of giving kids in developing countries a PC? It makes good media for this silly fool, but another fine example of pulling on guillible peoples heart strings for a useless cause. Take the 175 bucks and invest that in local infrascture like teachers, buildings, water, food, eletricity will help these children far more then have this silly little laptop that can't even run the programs and applications that 99% of the world use.

If you can't see the motives behidn this silly politicians effort then you have no business commenting on this and spewing BS about gambling, porn, bush and foreign aid.

RE: Whats the point?
By zsouthboy on 4/30/2007 10:44:16 AM , Rating: 2

What's the point in giving kids paper and pencils? We could spend that money on more important things!

Did it ever occur to you that perhaps giving millions of children worldwide, most of whom would never come in contact with a computer, much less one that allows them to grasp basic computing concepts on their own time, might somehow be beneficial?

RE: Whats the point?
By mindless1 on 5/1/2007 5:25:47 PM , Rating: 2
When you put it like that, no it won't be beneficial. If this is their ONLY exposure to computers, the skills they learn are completely wasted.

This whole project is about thrusting ideology onto cultures while the ideologists have been making basic presumptions that the quality of life for these people is equivalent to those in 1st world countries who are merely "poor".

If you don't even have an effective enough power grid to run computers, thinking about wind-up toys as being a benefit (instead of, oh, how about A POWER GRID for their basic standards of living increase?) is just crazy.

"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive

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