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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.

Now, Yahoo! News is reporting 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.

Jepsen told Reuters, “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: Losing the game?
By Grigi on 10/26/2007 10:35:52 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe all they need to learn, is to separate the FUD from fact, or at least get a good feel for it.

Handing the XO out indiscriminately will never work, but giving them access to the XO to practice, say programming or using the Wikipedia reference material that will be on there, that will be usefull.

Personally I think a person needs to struggle with the computer a bit, before one becomes computer literate. So the XO with internet access only at the school, will be fine, I think.

You cannot replace teachers, but a computer can be a valuable learning tool.


RE: Losing the game?
By Ringold on 10/26/2007 10:11:48 PM , Rating: 2
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Maybe all they need to learn, is to separate the FUD from fact, or at least get a good feel for it.


LOL, we expect them to do something we can't? :P


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