First OLPC Linux Laptops Arrive from Factory

The One Laptop Per Child project receives its first shipment of low-cost Linux laptops that are intended for children in emerging-economy nations, a project member reports. (DesktopLinux)

The One Laptop Per Child project Nov. 27 received its first shipment of the low-cost Linux laptops that are intended for children in emerging-economy nations, project member Chris Blizzard reports on his blog.

"Today we received the first large shipment of laptops from the factory," Blizzard, a Fedora Core developer who is working with the OLPC project, wrote.

"Im told its about a thousand pounds. The boxes are all labeled with the countries the keyboards are built for: The U.S., Nigeria, Thailand, Argentina, Brazil and Libya."

Apparently, Thailand, which only a few weeks ago endured a political coup, no longer wants them, "even at $100 per box," he added, directing blog readers to a story on the Bangkok Post Web site about the recent upheaval.

"This, by the way, has more to do with repudiating the last governments policy than open source," Blizzard added.

The OLPC project aims to distribute—free of charge—millions of Linux-based laptop computers, complete with their own power sources, to needy children around the world.

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