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OLPC Giveaway Program Hits Oz

Nov 24, 2008, 22:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lana Kovacevic)

"The initiative will provide a XO laptop to a child in remote Australia or the Pacific Islands for each laptop purchased. The cost of a laptop is US$399 (plus shipping and GST). The devices can be ordered online.

"However not everyone thinks the effort is a fantastic idea; local open source luminary Jeff Waugh, who is involved with the effort, said locally the group was more focused on growing OLPC adoption organically through the power of collaboration. The "Give 1, Get 1" effort was more a project being supported by the OLPC organisation's US branch, he said.

""The 'Give 1, Get 1' program is very much an income thing and raising the number of laptops that they're producing, so that laptops become cheaper as you produce a lot of them," he said."

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