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OLPC Says No Plans for Consumer Release 208

Posted by Zonk
from the us-doesn't-have-poor-folks dept.
Gr88pe writes "The One Laptop Per Child product has clarified that they have not made a decision on whether or not to carry out a consumer release of the XO laptop, despite previous reports. From the article: 'OLPC told Ars Technica in a statement that the company has no plans for a consumer version of the laptop. "Contrary to recent reports, One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) is not planning a consumer version of its current XO laptop, designed for the poorest and most remote children in the world," said Nicholas Negroponte, OLPC chairman.' They are considering a number of plans, but have made no formal decision."
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OLPC Says No Plans for Consumer Release

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  • by DragonWriter (970822) on Friday January 12, 2007 @06:58PM (#17583676)
    Probably not. The hesitancy is because OLPC sees social disapproval as a key component of discourage theft and resale, and therefore doesn't want to sell the same computers to the public; they've stated more than once that once they get rolling with the main units, they may look at a distinctive commercial derivative for individual sale.
  • tiny (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 12, 2007 @07:03PM (#17583724)
    guys, just created this account to tell you the thing is *tiny*. been playing with gen 1 for 3 weeks. you know the Simpsons episode where Homer gets so fat he can't press a single button on the telephone? That's not me. :) Yet if I type on the keyboard with my fingers so close they rub, my fingers are still too wide to fit on the keyboard. It truly is a keyboard for children. Maybe someone can post some photos next to a ruler. I've heard more than once "it's smaller than I thought". don't consider this a regular laptop. it's fun, trust me, but physically a very small unit.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 12, 2007 @08:23PM (#17584570)
    > So the OLPC has WiFi?

    Yes (http://www.laptop.org/faq.en_US.html [laptop.org], "The laptops will have wireless broadband that, among other things, allows them to work as a mesh network;")

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