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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

For two weeks in November, U.S. educators and others can buy the machines for $400 apiece, with profits funding laptops in developing nations

The project that hopes to supply developing-world schoolchildren with $188 laptops will sell the rugged little computers to U.S. residents and Canadians for $400 each, with the profit going toward a machine for a poor country.


The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative expects that its "Give One, Get One" promotion will result in a pool of thousands of donated laptops that will stimulate demand in countries hesitant to join the program. It will be offered for only two weeks in November.
Originally conceived as the "$100 laptop," the funky, low-power "XO" computers now cost $188. The laptops' manufacturer, Quanta Computer Inc., is beginning mass production next month, but with far fewer than the 3 million orders OLPC Director Nicholas Negroponte had said he was waiting for.
Negroponte said the availability of donated laptops would not be the sole condition for many countries weighing whether to place multimillion-dollar orders. But "it just triggers it," he said. "It makes it all happen faster."

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