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OLPC XO Notebook Production Line  (Source: BBC News)
OLPC XO notebook now in production and should be able to meet initial orders

We first heard about the One Laptop per child (OLPC) foundation several years ago when MIT first proposed to build very low cost notebook computers with the goal of putting one laptop into the hands of each child in developing nations to improve their education.

DailyTech has followed the development of the XO laptop for some time now from its first proposed price of $100 to the subsequent price increases bringing its cost to $188. Production delays with the XO laptop left many wondering if the OLPC would be able to produce enough laptops to meet its initial 100,000-unit order from Uruguay.

The XO notebook is also now facing competition from Intel, who has members on the OLPC board, in the global marketplace. After all the price increases and contracts lost to competitors, the XO notebook is finally in production. The OLPC Foundation told BBC News today that the XO laptop is now in production in a Quanta factory in Changshu, China.

"Today represents an important milestone in the evolution of the One Laptop per Child project," said Nicholas Negroponte, founder of OLPC. Negroponte told the BBC that the OLPC had reached this milestone “despite all the naysayers.”

With the XO laptop now in full production the OLPC Foundation should have no trouble filling its first order of 100,000 XO notebooks for Uruguay and enough systems to cover the demand here in the United States for the Give 1 Get 1 promotion running from the 12th to November 26.





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