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Joe Harry
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Just came across this http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Rs_500-laptop_display_on_Feb_3/articleshow/4049914.cms


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Pat Farrell
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I'll believe it when I see that a million have been made. The over hyped OLPC claimed to be able to deliver laptops for $100 per child. They missed it by 100%. And they have abandoned a lot of key concepts, such as the Sugar interface.

While no one will admit it, I think OLPC has not only failed, but has lost so many people, that its effectively finished.
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Pat Farrell wrote:And they have abandoned a lot of key concepts, such as the Sugar interface.

I'm not sure what key concepts they've abandoned. There were some concepts that were never released in the States (to my knowledge) such as the hand crank for charging batteries, but the laptop itself is still using the same core features, and has recently (Oct 2008) had an update to the Sugar interface to bring it to version 8.2.0. I'm running it on my XO, and it works beautifully.

Pat Farrell wrote:While no one will admit it, I think OLPC has not only failed, but has lost so many people, that its effectively finished.

Personally I've heard too many companies being written off before their time to pay much attention anymore.

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Joe Harry
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But I hope the 10$ laptop to be a success.
Pat Farrell
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MIT story
Doubts over India's $20 Laptop

It may be a bit biased, MIT is home of OLPC. But it says that many of the parts in an OLPC cost more than $10 each, in quantity, and since they can't get the price down close to their target of $100, they can't see it.
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" The hype surrounding the $10 laptop ``prototype'' with two GB RAM turned out to be a joke when the department of Human Resources
Development announced — during its inauguration in the temple town of Tirupati — that it wasn't a laptop at all but a computing device. "

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Ram kovis wrote:
" The hype surrounding the $10 laptop ``prototype'' with two GB RAM turned out to be a joke when the department of Human Resources
Development announced — during its inauguration in the temple town of Tirupati — that it wasn't a laptop at all but a computing device. "


And this TOI article also seems to get it wrong; it's actually not "a computing device" but "a storage device:"

http://www.thestandard.com/news/2009/02/04/indias-10-laptop-too-good-be-true


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Andrew Monkhouse wrote:I'm not sure what key concepts they've abandoned.


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"In early January, the One Laptop Per Child Foundation laid off half its staff and shed work on the Sugar graphical interface. Now, OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte and president Chuck Kane for the first time detail the foundation's new plans, describe how the XO laptop will do what netbooks can't do, and share their hope to keep working with Sugar developer Walter Bender, who left OLPC last year."
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Andrew Monkhouse wrote:I'm not sure what key concepts they've abandoned.


I haven't been following closely, but what I could glean from the numerous Slashdot discussions, there was a lot of excitement in the Open Source (primarily Linux) community that the XO would use Linux and introduce the developing world to freedom. Then OLPC partners with Microsoft and it's just another industry shill.


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