Failure of the XO
Perhaps, the first real answer to the challenge of low-cost computing for kids was the XO (which runs open-source Linux) from Nicholas Negroponte - founder of the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project.
The original target cost was $100 (about Rs 4,600), but this escalated (including shipping costs) due to design upgrades (more memory and a faster microprocessor) and also because the initial production volumes would not enjoy economies of scale.
The OLPC, according to an OLPC spokesperson, has sold around 1.7 million XO laptops in 40 countries till date - Uruguay, Peru and Rwanda are the three largest installations.
But only around 700 laptops have been sold in India.
Image: Aborginal students in Elcho Island, about 2,000 kms (1,200 miles) northwest of Sydney, are seen using the XO computers.
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