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XO Sightings

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blog.linuxtoday: It seems that the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program's XO laptop is just popping up all over lately. Twice in as many weeks, mention of the green and white laptop has appeared in the most unusual places.

More Apparent Departures from One Laptop Per Child

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olpcnews.com: I was looking at the Laptop.org site today, bemoaning the loss of Ivan Krstić and Mary Lou Jepsen. Taking a closer look, and comparing it to the archived version, there are four other absences that stand out.

Ivan Krstić Resigns from OLPC

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Ivan Krstić: "I cannot subscribe to the organization’s new aims or structure in good faith, nor can I reconcile them with my personal ethic. Having exhausted other options, three weeks ago I resigned my post at OLPC."

Nigerian Patent Suit Still Dogs OLPC

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AP: Ade Oyegbola, an inventor who claims the One Laptop Per Child nonprofit stole his designs for a Nigerian keyboard, recently won a round in a Lagos court. Now this week, Oyegbola kept the U.S. side of his legal fight alive by pressing his case in federal court.

OLPC: one virus per child

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itwire.com: It's taken a remarkably short time for the One Laptop Per Child project to change from positioning itself as the saviour of children in developing countries to becoming a toady for Microsoft.

The OLPC, 3 Months In

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oreillynet.com/onlamp/blog: Back in December, I was one of the 170,000 eager Linux geeks who forked out $400 for the privilege of getting my hands on a One Laptop Per Child XO. To be honest, my initial impression was not great.

Negroponte Seeks a Laptop CEO

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businessweek.com: With the group far short of his goal, Negroponte is looking for help in piloting OLPC. During an interview with BusinessWeek, he revealed publicly for the first time that he's searching for a chief executive while he continues in the role of chairman. He says the organization has been operating "almost like a terrorist group.

The $100 Headache

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popsci.com: This past year has brought the high-flying OLPC back to earth. Production of the laptops has stalled, and the price tag of the machine has doubled to $200. As of January, OLPC had built only around 250,000 laptops, and delivery problems left some critics fuming.

Free laptops a hit with children

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bangkokpost.com: Only three kilometres from school, the laptop each student takes home loses some of its magic and is used as a typewriter, camera, media player or calculator due to the absence of internet access.

The true cost of one laptop per child

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itwire.com: Late last year Uruguay landed its first shipment of 100,000 units of the much lauded, sometimes criticised XO laptop from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) organisation. The question is, however, can the likes of Peru, Mexico, Ethiopia, Haiti, Rwanda, Mongolia and a myriad of other impoverished countries stump up with the cash needed to join the OLPC bandwagon?

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