OLPC XO Laptop Production Delays Effect Availability
October 25, 2007 5:33 PM
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OLPC announces production delays for XO laptop
When the non-profit group One Laptop per Child Foundation first announced it intended to build an ultra-low cost laptop for children in developing nations, the plan struck a chord with many fans of technology. The target price for what came to be known as the XO Laptop was $100.
Recently price increases have forced the string-pulley powered XO laptop from the
originally planned $100 price tag to a cost of $175
. Shortly after the first price increase the One Laptop per Child Foundation announced
another price increase bringing the planned $100 laptop to a price of $188
. With the last price increase to $188, the foundation also announced that prices for the XO laptop would vary by country.
that production of the XO laptop has been delayed. The XO was supposed to head to manufacturing in a Chinese plant in October, which didn’t happen. Production is now reportedly scheduled to begin on November 12 according to Mary Lou Jepsen, CTO for the One Laptop per Child Foundation.
, “We had some last-minute bugs. We've resolved them." The foundation had expected to produce 100,000 XO laptops this year. This delay will make meeting shipment deadlines to Peru and Uruguay, the first countries to order the XO difficult.
The delay will also make it difficult to get enough laptops to the United States for the planned Give 1 Get 1 promotion over the holidays were you could buy an XO Laptop for $400 and provide a second machine to a child overseas. The foundation will begin accepting orders for the XO Laptop on November 12.
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RE: bulk asus eee cost $199?
10/26/2007 5:14:52 AM
Not to mention you can't crank it to make it work. I think that's one of the big features the EEE is missing.
RE: bulk asus eee cost $199?
10/26/2007 9:14:58 AM
You can't make the OLPC work by crank either - the built-in hand crank was scrapped a while ago.
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