Quanta Computer has started mass production of the XO Laptop, the flagship computer of Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child project.
Production began on Tuesday. The laptops are being manufactured in
Negroponte called volume manufacturing an "important milestone" in the OLPC project. “Against all the naysayers and thanks to great partners such as Quanta, we have developed and now manufactured the world’s most advanced and greenest laptop and one designed specifically to instill a passion for learning in children," said Negroponte in a statement.
As previously reported, the OLPC program is launching a "give one get one" program Nov. 12 for two weeks. Those who order two laptops for $399 (one will be donated) will get one in December.
More reading for folks interested in this genre:
- The OLPC Wiki.
- Christopher Dawson's review of the Classmate PC, his gallery and continuing coverage.
- OLPC resources on ZDNet.