The $100 laptop now the $188 laptop

Leaders of the non-profit One Laptop Per Child that was spun out of Massachusetts Institute of Technology have acknowledged that the devices are now slated to cost $188 when mass production begins this fall. The last announced price was $176 and $100 was touted as a long-term goal. Spokesman George Snell blamed the latest increase on a variety of factors, including currency fluctuations and rising costs of such components as nickel and silicon. He said the project was committed to keeping the price from rising above $190. The laptops are being made by Taiwan's Quanta Computer Incorporated, the world's leading manufacturer of portable computers.

One Laptop Per Child says it has commitments for at least 3 million of its rugged "XO" computers; among the nations that have shown interest are Brazil, Libya, Thailand and Uruguay. While less than $200 for an innovative, wireless-enabled, hand-powered laptop is a relative bargain, a price nearly twice than what was promised could make it harder for OLPC to sign up international governments as customers. Those governments are expected to give the computers to children for them to keep and tinker with, which the project's founders believe will cause critical thinking and creativity to blossom.

News source: CNN

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A shame it's running Linux as a desktop OS, any skills learnt are pretty much useless in the real world. I worked in Tanzania for a few years and even the African based charities there use Windows, never mind the companies.

I suppose it's good for people who've never used a computer - Just a shame they're only getting a "3rd world experience" as far as the Technology goes.

The reason they choose a linux distro over Microsoft Windows is because:
A) Easier to customize for the task at hand
B) Most Likely use less computer-ing power
C) Cost of Software ans OS licenses

peachey said,
The reason they choose a linux distro over Microsoft Windows is because:
A) Easier to customize for the task at hand
B) Most Likely use less computer-ing power
C) Cost of Software ans OS licenses

D) Far more stable and reliable than Windows.

Dan.P said,
A shame it's running Linux as a desktop OS, any skills learnt are pretty much useless in the real world. I worked in Tanzania for a few years and even the African based charities there use Windows, never mind the companies.

I suppose it's good for people who've never used a computer - Just a shame they're only getting a "3rd world experience" as far as the Technology goes.

What? They don't have any bread? Well, let them eat cake instead.

It's a shame they didn't take Steve Jobs up on his offer of free OS X - as powerful and stable as Linux and even more user-friendly than Windows.

$100 a laptop! i knew it would never see the light of day. what a joke. now we're going to really see where the true motive lies(lays)!

When the project was announced in 2005, $100 was 1/7 of the price of then cheapest laptop. Now it's sub $200, roughly 1/2 of the current cheapest laptop.

Or you could go to any of these major laptop sellers and pay at most $200 more and get a computer that can actually handle todays software.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...&CatId=1905
http://www.usanotebook.com/computer_laptop...ale2.php?id=169
http://www.laptopoutlet.com/tote80lapii3.html
http://www.laptopoutlet.com/dein70lapii31.html

Sure $200 might be a ton of money to some of these familes but why not save up another $200 and get a computer that the whole family can use, and actually has potential to teach them something that could get them a real job.

And of course some people may not have electricity so the hand crank is pretty much the only option.

Frankly, I think these computers are going to hurt more than they help, but time will tell.

What you don't get is that these laptops aren't meant for games or business, but for access to information. You don't even need a full computer for that at all. In other words an Internet Appliance. Also, they run a version of Linux and not Windows so more than likely all the software they need is still easily accessed as well for free.

i can tell you why not "simply save up another 200"... because some of affected families don't have more than maybe 50 bucks income and have to pay everything off of that...

Glassed Silver:mac

Glassed Silver said,
i can tell you why not "simply save up another 200"... because some of affected families don't have more than maybe 50 bucks income and have to pay everything off of that...

Glassed Silver:mac

If this is really the case then what in the world are they doing even considering getting a $188 dollar computer then? If they are struggling that badly, the last thing on my mind is "ohh how can I afford that $188 dollar laptop that really only kind of benefits my children but pretty much has no real world advantages"

Foub said,
What you don't get is that these laptops aren't meant for games or business, but for access to information. You don't even need a full computer for that at all. In other words an Internet Appliance. Also, they run a version of Linux and not Windows so more than likely all the software they need is still easily accessed as well for free.

In my mind, if the demand is really there for a $100 laptop, then you get some major companies to donate a few million dollars to the $100 laptop fund, which then those people go onto every classifieds website like Craigslist, they look at print classifieds ads and buy every laptop posted that is under $200 bucks, they get shipped to the "Processing" location where they review the computers, test them, reformat the drives, upgrade memory, etc. They can install linux instead of windows, put any third part linux applications on there, burn a cd with other "optional" software, restore kit, tutorials, etc. Repackage the thing and go sell it for a range of $100 - $300 dollars depending on the quality of the machine.

The up front cost/time would be large but how long have the spent and how much have they spent just trying to make a laptop for $100 which they haven't managed to even achieve yet.

Microsoft's "FlexGo" from what I have read in regards to both of these solutions make far more sense than the $100 laptop. I wish could find more info on "FlexGo" but I can't at the moment. This will get you started though:
http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/flexgo/payasyougo.mspx
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_FlexGo

Krazzer said,
In my mind, if the demand is really there for a $100 laptop, then you get some major companies to donate a few million dollars to the $100 laptop fund, which then those people go onto every classifieds website like Craigslist, they look at print classifieds ads and buy every laptop posted that is under $200 bucks, they get shipped to the "Processing" location where they review the computers, test them, reformat the drives, upgrade memory, etc. They can install linux instead of windows, put any third part linux applications on there, burn a cd with other "optional" software, restore kit, tutorials, etc. Repackage the thing and go sell it for a range of $100 - $300 dollars depending on the quality of the machine.

The up front cost/time would be large but how long have the spent and how much have they spent just trying to make a laptop for $100 which they haven't managed to even achieve yet.

Microsoft's "FlexGo" from what I have read in regards to both of these solutions make far more sense than the $100 laptop. I wish could find more info on "FlexGo" but I can't at the moment. This will get you started though:
http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/flexgo/payasyougo.mspx
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_FlexGo

You must also take into consideration WHERE they are going to be used as well. Reliable electricity is scarce and this computer is VERY LOW POWER. A system like yours would need more maintenance than the one this article is about. There is no hard drive, nor burner because they aren't required in this area. You're not really getting what this laptop is for, it is not to try and get potential consumers. It is primarily intended as an information provider.

^ I don't think this is for profit. This is so that 3rd world countries can have newer technology to help with education, etc.