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For the meantime, $100 laptop costs $75 more

Posted: 30 Apr 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:One Laptop Per Child? $100 laptop? OLPC project?

One Laptop Per Child said that its computers will now cost $175

The founder of the "$100 laptop" project revealed that the machine for now costs $175, and that it will be able to run Windows in addition to its homegrown, open-source interface.

An AP report quotes One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project head Nicholas Negroponte, saying "we are perhaps at the most critical stage of OLPC's life."

AP notes this is partly because at least seven nationsUruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Pakistan, Thailand, Nigeria and Libyahave expressed interest to be in the initial wave to buy the green-and-white XO computers, but, it remains unclear which one will be first hand the cash. The project needs orders for 3 million machines to kick off manufacturing and distribution efforts.

Negroponte nonetheless pointed out that mass production is expected to start in October, with many countries, including Peru and Russia, expressing interest on taking part in the project.

Taiwan-based Quanta Computer Inc. will manufacture the XO machines. Negroponte said that Quanta agreed to take a profit of about $3 per machine, less than what it gets from mainstream PC companies.

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