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Desktop Development for the OLPC Laptop

Mar 04, 2008, 05:30 (1 Talkback[s])
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"The XO-1 is a laptop computer designed to be inexpensively manufactured and distributed to children in developing countries around the world. The goal of this laptop is to bring technology and access to information to children who would otherwise not have this ability. The laptop includes wireless networking, allowing children to collaborate locally with each other on projects.

"The laptop was first proposed by faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab under the non-profit organization, One Laptop Per Child. The organization includes such luminaries as Nicholas Negroponte and, in the early days, Seymour Papert (a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence), whose ideas and research are instrumental to the project.

"The project has not been without criticism. As a technology, the laptop is novel, but some wonder whether the money spent on the laptop in some developing countries would be better spent elsewhere. For example, some of the target countries for the XO-1 lack the basic elements of education (such as schools or libraries)..."

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