OLPC announces "Give 1 Get 1" XO

OLPC announces "Give 1 Get 1" XO

The OLPC XO-1 is built to a maximum cost of $188, with the aim being to reduce the cost to $100 by 2008.

The OLPC, or One Laptop Per Child, initiative is something that all gamers and hardware enthusiasts should be interested in right now, especially if they want to buy themselves an early Christmas present.

The initiative has been going on for a while now, desperately trying to design and build cheap laptops for children in developing countries. This effort culminated in the XO-1 system, which costs just $188.

The XO-1 is built by Quanta Computers and houses a wireless LAN, 1GB of flash memory and 256 MB of DRAM, as well as a camera, microphone and Fedora-based OS. With an incredibly low price, the laptop is obviously of immediate interest to tinkerers and geeks everywhere who have, until now, been unable to get their geeky mitts on one.

According to OLPC news however, the laptop will soon be available to the general public - albeit on one condition.

As part of a "Give 1 Get 1" holiday promotion, the laptops will go on sale in the US on November 12th at double the usual price. Before you start calling the company greedy sell-outs though, know that the machine will cost double for a reason. For every XO-1 bought by the general public, another one will be built for a developing country.

The promotion will apparently only last for two weeks though, with XO-1s arriving in time to be wrapped and put under the Christmas tree, so you better get your skates on if you want to let foreigners experience the joy of SimCity.

Will you be ordering one, or donating to the company in the future? If you could have designed a $100 laptop, what would you have put in it? Let us know in the forums!


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yakyb 24th September 2007, 16:09 Quote
so they aren't really forking out money for charity they want us to do it?
Max Spain 24th September 2007, 16:58 Quote
They already spent the time and money designing and building these systems, what more do you want from them?
Swafeman 24th September 2007, 17:45 Quote
As its 188$ in the US, the suggested price is 199, according to the BBC, with buyonegiveone, itll be $398 to buy one (and one for an african) so doesnt seem that good a deal no more, when considering its very very low by todays specs and you could get one twice as good second hand for that price?
ssj12 24th September 2007, 17:56 Quote
these arent that bad for starter computers.
DXR_13KE 24th September 2007, 18:06 Quote
Originally Posted by ssj12
these arent that bad for starter computers.

they aren't that bad for work computers..... just insert a larger hard drive and you are good to go..... and a black coat of paint.
M_D_K 24th September 2007, 19:18 Quote
Will we be able to buy one over here cuase tbh i wouldn't mind one as a cheap internet hub kinda thing and if i can give one away at the same time even better :D
wuyanxu 24th September 2007, 19:35 Quote
where can i get one here? im broke after my new rig, and yet a laptop would be very useful.

that laptop is great for some small office action or lecture note viewing. but it's a shame that it won't be able to play World In Conflict :D
willyolio 24th September 2007, 19:38 Quote
they may not be powerful, but one thing lots of people are forgetting is that these things are designed to last. light, low-power, and most importantly, very durable. not to mention it's rechargeable "in the field" with a foot pump and such. then there's the screen: e-ink capability, fully readable in sunlight.

$400 is actually pretty good if durability and battery life is one of your requirements. i can see ecologists toting these things into the forest or whatnot to take notes.
Cupboard 24th September 2007, 22:20 Quote
Or you could go for the Asus EEE, which is a similar price and much better, not to mention its not green.
tuteja1986 25th September 2007, 06:31 Quote
Well i will get one , i can claim both or at least one back in my tax return : )

love charity :)
M_D_K 25th September 2007, 18:16 Quote
Originally Posted by Cupboard
Or you could go for the Asus EEE, which is a similar price and much better, not to mention its not green.

your clearly missing the point here

Does your asus EEE give half of its cost to charity. Im thinking NO!!!

The point is your getting what is a very good laptop for the money, as mentioned above is tough, durable, light, rechargable with or without a power source and its perfect for general task.

Plus the added kick of half of what you pay goes to making another one that goes to someone in the world that needs it more then you do. Is like giving presents to your local charity to give to kids etc... except this time you get one and some kid gets one :D
OtakuHawk 26th September 2007, 03:30 Quote
all you jerks can go buy Asus EEEs. I want an OLPC to get my moddin' hands on.
Fiber4now 26th September 2007, 20:25 Quote
No review, no testing and they want the the first world to bankroll the onset of the finished product. I know the third world on average are very poor financially but give me a break not everyone that lives there suffers from that condition. These where designed for them so why are there no takers for them in the countries designated for these system.

Before purchasing you need to weigh in your mind why there have been no reviews about these systems that actually had benchmarks attributed to them in order to demonstrate their abilities. You would not want to purchase an expensive toy or help to contribute to a not ready for prime time product?

The saddest part of the entire concept is Mr Negroponte recount of the experiences he had for coming up with the idea in the first place. He said he assisted in bringing laptops to an impoverished village, some of the people used their laptops as a light source for the entire family. Would it not be better money spent if you are in a giving mood to donate your charity to building generation or at least purchasing generators for these villages so the children could have light to read a common book before introducing laptops to them. this whole thing smells of what Paul Theroux wrote in his excellent book Mosquito Coast where the character brought Ice to an area when Ice was the least of their problems.
The_Beast 26th September 2007, 22:29 Quote
it is a good idea
jfab199+ 31st October 2007, 20:28 Quote
I can't seem to find if the browser will be enough to play, videos, flash, etc, anyone have an idea? and how well they will run
capnPedro 31st October 2007, 20:34 Quote
Originally Posted by jfab199+
I can't seem to find if the browser will be enough to play videos flash etc, anyone have an idea?

If not it should be hackable. The specs look just about high enough to get flash running, and it's open source so you can always use package manager to grab Mozilla, right?
jfab199+ 1st November 2007, 02:07 Quote
my concern is my current laptop has a 1Ghz p3 celeron and it runs flash and video but really horribly
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