[LINK] $100 laptop could sell to public
rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
Mon Jan 15 13:44:43 AEDT 2007
Debunked, alas, at a thousand miles an hour, as many and various sources
will now attest.
> One Laptop per Child (OLPC), a non-profit organisation with the goal
> of providing children in developing nations with laptop computers,
> today announced that "contrary to previously published reports OLPC
> has no plans to make the XO laptops available for sale to the general
The mischevious bit of me wonders whether it's a good idea, having
someone in the third world receive their first contact with the first
world via a request for tech support on a Linux list but there you go
... People tend to think of Westerners as being smitten with superiority
and patronising to the rest of the world, just wait until poor goatherd
in a 2-hour-per-day school at the edge of a desert tries to ask a
support question on a *nix wiki ...
"sck off lzr! i'm sick of people who can't be bothered RTFMing clogging
the list with stooopid support calls as if this were the M$ 1800 number!
go listn to the wait music with the other dregs!"
Stephen Loosley wrote:
> $100 laptop could sell to public
> By Darren Waters (snipped)
> Technology editor, BBC News website, Las Vegas
> The backers of the One Laptop Per Child project are looking at the possibility of selling the machine to the public.
> One idea would be for customers to have to buy two laptops at once - with the second going to the developing world.
> Five million of the laptops will be delivered to developing nations this summer, in one of the most ambitious educational exercises ever undertaken.
> Michalis Bletsas, chief connectivity officer for the project, said eBay could be a partner to sell the laptop.
> "If we started selling the laptop now, we would do very good business," Mr Bletsas, speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show, told BBC News.
> "But our focus right now is on the launch in the developing world." ..
> The eventual aim is to sell the machine to developing countries for $100 but the current cost of the machine is about $150.
> The first countries to sign up to buying the machine, which is officially dubbed XO, include Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Nigeria, Libya, Pakistan and Thailand.
> The XO's software has been designed to work specifically in an educational context. It has built-in wireless networking and video conferencing so that groups of children can work together.
> The project is also working to ensure that children using the laptop around the world can be in contact.
> The OLPC project is working with Google who will act as "the glue to bind all these kids together".
> The machine is close to a final design
> Google will also help the children publish their work on the internet so that the world can observe the "fruits of their labour", said Mr Bletsas.
> He said that the hope was to put the machine on sale to the general public "sometime next year".
> Mr Bletsas said that a philanthropic organisation would be formed to organise the orders and delivery of the laptops.
> "It's much more difficult to do this than making the laptop," he said.
> The aim is to connect the buyer of the laptop with the child in the developing world who receives the machine.
> "They will get the e-mail address of the kid in the developing world that they have, in effect, sponsored."
> Mr Bletsas was speaking amidst the festival of consumerism taking place on the show floor of CES.
> Cheers people
> Stephen Loosley
> Victoria, Astralia
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