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One Laptop Per Child will cost $175 instead of $100
By Denis (on 4/28/2007 @ 12:09:43, in IT World, linked 3006 times)
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Bad news from Nicholas Negroponte: regarding his project "One Laptop Per Child", which plans to give inexpensive computers to schoolchildren in developing countries, he revealed that the PC will cost not less than $175. This price is almost the double of the $100 originally projected. The main reason for this price increase seems to be the rising cost of materials, in particular nickel.

Negroponte said that the project is now "at the most critical stage of its life", but he still remains optimistic considering that at least seven countries (Uruguay, Nigeria, Pakistan, Argentina, Brazil, Thailand, and Libya) are interested in buying the machine. The major issue is related to the fact that the project requires orders for 3 million machines in order for manufacturing and distribution to begin.

Negroponte also said that "its" computer will now be able to run a low-cost version of Microsoft Windows in addition to other open source operating systems. Will this produce a great increase of sales?