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OLPC nears low-cost Linux laptop production

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The One Laptop Per Child project's onsite supervisor, Mark Foster, reported from Shanghai on Sunday that the first 10 prototypes of the Linux-powered OLPC XO-1 are up and running. This marks a key milestone toward an upcoming build of 900 units.

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

The team hand-assembled the first 10 units to evaluate the system's many custom components, to perform systems-integration testing, and to ensure that the production process is solid, all in preparation for next week's B1-Test build, wrote OLPC executive Walter Bender in his weekly email report.

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