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Author: PV5150
Source: BBC

OLPC X0 laptop

OLPC $100 laptop to sell to public

Computer enthusiasts in the developed world will soon be able to get their hands on the so-called $100 laptop.

A little while ago we brought you news of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project where children in developing nations would be given the opportunity to own their very own laptop. In fact, the organisation seeks to ensure that every child in developing nations has a laptop.

According to the source, demand for access to OLPC's from within the PC enthusiast realm has seen the organisation introduce a scheme to allow US residents to buy 2 of the machines - the 'Give One Get One' scheme (G1G1).

...the "give one, get one" scheme that will allow US residents to purchase two laptops for $399 (£198).

One laptop will be sent to the buyer whilst a child in the developing world will receive the second machine.

The G1G1 scheme, as it is known, will offer the laptops for just two weeks, starting on the 12 November.

Although the OLPC's were initially expected to cost US$100, it has blown out quite considerably possibly due to several innovative features:

...It packs several innovations including a sunlight readable display so that it can be used outside. It has no moving parts, can be powered by solar, foot-pump or pull-string powered chargers and is housed in a waterproof case.

The machine's price has recently increased from $176 (£88) to $188 (£93) although the eventual aim is to sell the machines for $100 (£50).

Feeling ripped off that this is a US only deal? Are you looking towards the ASUS EEPC instead?

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