OLPC XO Gets Mass Production Start Date
Long-awaited “$ 100” laptops for children in developing countries have finally found a realistic date for the start of mass production. Recall that there is no exact data on the real cost of XO (formerly OLPC) – analysts estimate it from $ 140 to $ 1,000. It is important that, in addition to the governments of the countries participating in the project, XO is sponsored by Google, Red Hat and several other companies that have contributed about 29 million. dollars.
XO will be released by Quanta Computer. Prototypes are expected at the end of February this year, and in July, several million computers are to be delivered to classrooms in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Nigeria, Libya, Pakistan, Thailand and Palestine. Each country will have its own localized version of XO.
According to Negroponte, the “father” of the project, three more countries may join OLPC within the next two weeks. However, Brazil may be lured away by Intel with its $ 400 Classmate PC.
As expected, the XO will use Linux as the operating system, the PC will include a 366 MHz processor from AMD and a 512 MB flash drive. Additional devices, including HDD, can be connected to USB 2 ports.0.