The OLPC goes on sale at one for the price of two

by James


You may recall our recent post about the OLPC doubling in pricesomebody should tell their website. Well, not only is the One Laptop Per Child PC doubling in price, but the public has a chance to buy one for the price of two. But it’s all for a good cause.

Staring November 12, computer users can buy two OLPCs and have one sent to a needy child somewhere in the world. Officially called the “Give One, Get One” program, the price for two will be $399, with one XO laptop being considered a tax-deductible charitable donation.

The OLPC is created using Red Hat’s open source Fedora Core 6 version of the Linux operating system, Javascript applications, and even a music and audio application known as CSound. It comes with wireless capability and an LCOS (liquid crystal on silicon) display. Sadly, the large yellow crank has been sacrificed, as having been determined to be “impractical.” So, it’s an AC adapter which will limit use to areas that are more advanced with electrical availability.

Those interested can go to the XO Giving website and sign up for an email reminder of when the program goes live. And those interested should do so, because this Give One, Get one program is available only for a limited time and for a limited number of OLPCs.

Limited? I thought it was only limited by making sure that there was “one laptop per child?” Who cares where the money comes from and who cares if people want to buy one to play with?

4 reviews or comments

Artist Says: September 27, 2007 at 8:20 am

This has been a long time coming. I know people who have been wanting one of these since they first heard about it. I know I will be working to fit one into the budget. Thanks for the posting.

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