OLPC's XO Laptop hits mass production

OLPC's XO Laptop hits mass production

Summary: 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.

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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 Changshu, China.

olpc-photo.jpgQuanta said that XO volume will ramp up "over time." In a nutshell, mass production means that children will start receiving XO laptops this month.

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.

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  • Are there any orders?

    Or are they hoping someone buys them?
    No_Ax_to_Grind
    • Why do you care?

      After all, you have had nothing good to say about this project from the beginning... oh, excuse me, that is unless it was running all Microsoft OS/Programs.

      Why are you so negative when it comes to getting the under-privileged/under-developed world up to speed with the rest of the world?

      Does this somehow threaten you if kids in Chad can compete in the high-tech sector with your kids? Or do you see that as a non-starter?

      I, for one, applaud each and every program designed to increase education, which increases health care awareness, which increases life expectancy, which increases the number of minds that can tackle the rest of the world's problems.

      Or do you have a problem with that, too?
      Confused by religion
      • Other inexpensive pc's...

        ... are available, so the market now has competition. The good of computers in the developing world can be obtained without this particular project.

        Still, when the XO laptop runs a version of Windows it'll find a niche. ;-)
        Anton Philidor
      • 100% Agree with you Milly

        I think this debate is not about the OS; it's about giving people, children, in underdeveloped countries a means to education.

        Maybe this programme won't work - maybe. And yes, there is more that we, the Western can do. But this is a step in the right direction and it is better than no-step at all.

        My father was in the diplomatic service and worked with aid for developing countries. The projects that I saw supported were for self-education and self-sustainability. Education is a key factor to empowerment.

        I have read that Microsoft and Intel want to develop alternatives. I hope they do. The people of the world have so much to offer. There are children in the poorer parts of Africa, India... wherever, who, if they had had the chance, could have been mathematicians, scientists, pilots, artists. People like Ramanujan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Srinivasa_Ramanujan) might be waiting to be discovered - if only they had the chance.
        BanjoPaterson
        • Speaking of the diplomatic corps...

          ... my brother has been the US Ambassador to a number of African countries where this project would have made a major difference in the quality of education, commerce, healthcare, etc. (Rwanda, Cameroon, Southwest Equatorial Africa, as well as a high level Embassy staffer to other countries such as Zimbabwe).

          I often wondered when, not if, the rest of the world would recognize the enormous human resources being wasted by tribal wars and religious intolerance that keeps people from making the kinds of leaps forward that the rest of the world takes for granted.

          I applaud all efforts to increase participation in what the "first" world takes for granted, and I utterly fail to understand those who would poo-poo efforts to contribute to this participation unless *xx* company's participation is the only one available.
          Confused by religion
          • Agree

            My father was in the Australian diplomatic corp and worked in south-east Asia, although only as 1st secretary for aid and development. I spent some of my teen years living in countries where poverty is everywhere, feeling pretty much helpless to do very much (outside our gate was a family living on wooden boards above an open sewer, like the line of families you saw all the way down the street).

            Education is a major key in breaking this cycle, and projects such as this are needed to assist education.

            I wish your brother all the best. It's a very, very hard job.
            BanjoPaterson
          • Has never happened, will never happen.

            "I often wondered when, not if, the rest of the world would recognize the enormous human resources being wasted by tribal wars and religious intolerance that keeps people from making the kinds of leaps forward that the rest of the world takes for granted."

            Stop tribal wars? Gee, they been trying ofr a couple thousand years and failed every time. Religious intolerance? You mean like "God hates gays" in the US? Do you mean Bush and companies attitude toward Muslim's? Oh yeah, lots of tolerance there. NOT!!!

            "and I utterly fail to understand those who would poo-poo efforts to contribute to this participation unless"

            How about this, I have spent time in third world countries (Hatii) and I can tell you first hand that in the list of what they need a PC (of any kind) is about number 500 on the list.

            No, this is nothing more than something to give the haves a "warm fuzzy" feeling so they can forget about the real problems of the have nots. For that matter, they don't even worry about children in our own country.
            No_Ax_to_Grind
      • 99% agree with you Milly

        Although I take minor issue with your phrasing. If you replace "good" in the first sentence with "worthwhile" you will have struck the nail firmly on the head.
        IT_User
        • 99% of whom?

          Certainly not the average Amercican. Heck, we just vetoed child health care for our own country.
          No_Ax_to_Grind
          • Wrong

            Only an increase to cover those who could already afford health care was vetoed.

            For once, try getting your facts straight!
            linux for me
          • Yes you are wrong.

            And a Bush supporter. Ugh...
            No_Ax_to_Grind
      • Message has been deleted.

        IT_Guy_z
      • No_Ax, you should know better

        No one questions the messianic vision of OLPC. And I do mean question. You asked two questions. You should know better. Sure, you didn't actually make any accusations, or insults, or even statements, one does not question the Messiah! You obviously hate all poor people, and want them to be in darkness and ignorance forever. What else can be concluded from your transgressive questioning?
        JetJaguar
        • Message has been deleted.

          No_Ax_to_Grind
        • Messiah? PLEASE take that garbage somewhere else.

          Belief in a gawd dieties is for the weak of mind that need a crutch.


          Dear Censor. Deal with it!!!
          No_Ax_to_Grind
      • Now Milly...

        No_Ax is a shut-in, and has no other avenues to explore, other than the ones found at the ends of its (not sure of the gender here) fingertips on a computer keyboard. Have a little compasion for the "socially challenged". ;-)
        IT_Guy_z
      • Sorry but you seem to be very confused.

        I don't really care what OS its running, I still believe that for the money there are many MORE IMPORTANT things to be done to help. Silly things like food, clean water, health care, and gasp books.

        "I, for one, applaud each and every program designed to increase education, which increases health care awareness, which increases life expectancy, which increases the number of minds that can tackle the rest of the world's problems."

        As am I, unfortunately this program meets none of those statements.
        No_Ax_to_Grind
        • I think you have the wrong target in mind

          I think your the one who is confused. I get the impression that you think these PCs are going to kids who live in grass huts with no electricity or any form of formal education. I'd say that is mistaken. There are tons of nations that do indeed have the things you describe like health care, food, shelter but lack the money for any form of technology beyond the basics.

          As for Computer in every classroom local schools I don't think the computer is the problem here. I think policies like no child left behind are more of a problem. I think that there is also deficit in teaching kids to learn vs teaching the regurgitate facts for some test. The computers are good idea but if kids don't know how to learn then all the computer is good for is as toy.
          voska
          • Re-read the stories on this.

            And where and how these are being distributed.

            "As for Computer in every classroom local schools I don't think the computer is the problem here. I think policies like no child left behind are more of a problem. I think that there is also deficit in teaching kids to learn vs teaching the regurgitate facts for some test. The computers are good idea but if kids don't know how to learn then all the computer is good for is as toy. "

            And you are talking about gicing PCs to kids that don't even have a teacher, much less a classroom or any of the basic tools needed to educate.

            As I said, nothing but a "feel good" action that will amount to nothing.
            No_Ax_to_Grind
      • One more point Milly...

        Hmmm, PCs provide better educations... So in the US where there has been a massive effort to put PCs in the classroom for two decades we see, uh oh, we see FALLING SAT's. But, but its because teachers don't know how to use them. Good point, however most of these countries have no teachers so it really doesn't factor in if they can use them properly.
        No_Ax_to_Grind