Linux powered OLPC unable to hit $100 target price

Posted by popstarviolet on Jul 25, 2007 6:43 AM EDT
DaniWeb; By Bill Andad
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Unfortunately, it looks as if the dream ticket price tag of $100 will not be reached during the initial production run. Despite using open source software and a back to basics Linux powered OS, the Taiwan produced machine will actually cost $175 it would appear.

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project has finally moved from being vapourware and over-hyped smoke and mirrors hardware prototyping to being on the verge of a proper production line at long last. It has only taken five years for the Negreponte/MIT low-cost laptop to move from global computing for everyone concept into something approaching a reality. That might sound like a long time, but truth be told it is but a blink of an eye considering the huge problems faced by the OLPC team to keep the price down and the spec acceptable.

Hardware manufacturers have been told to ramp up production of the 800 component parts, including the all important low-powered AMD processor. The largest manufacturer of laptops in the world, Quanta, will be tasked with putting them all together and producing the XO, as it will be officially known.

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