updated 09:00 am EDT, Mon September 24, 2007
OLPC Give 1 Get 1
The One Laptop Per Child project today hoped to jumpstart the growth of its XO notebook through the Give 1 Get 1 program, a new effort that brings the portable to North America for the first time. The limited-run deal lets Americans and Canadians buy one of the systems for themselves while also contributing to the non-profit effort: an identical system is sent to a developing country and replaces one of the systems that would otherwise be paid for by the OLPC team itself. Both systems share the same ruggedized chassis, mesh-based wireless networking, and support for power through a hand crank or solar power. The Linux operating system and integrated video camera also make it as useful for chat or eBook reading as it is for learning, the OLPC group says.
The Give 1 Get 1 deal costs $399 for the two systems and will be open for just two weeks, starting sales on November 12th and ending November 26th. All systems destined for North American buyers should ship by Christmas. Those who simply want to donate an XO to a country without expectation of their own system can spend $200 at the Give 1 Get 1 website, with shipment depending on the country.