OLPC XO laptop hits mass production

— 9:13 AM on November 7, 2007

After delays, price increases, and a whole lot of hype, the One Laptop Per Child foundation's XO laptop has finally hit mass production, according to a report by DigiTimes. Production started yesterday at one of Quanta Computer's factories in Chanshu, China, six days ahead of the schedule cited by OLPC CTO Mary Lou Jepsen last month. Jepsen said XO production had been postponed until November 12 and that supply of notebooks to customers in the United States and Canada partaking in the "Give 1 Get 1" program would be tight. According to DigiTimes, U.S. and Canadian residents will start receiving XO systems in December.

The "Give 1 Get 1" program will kick off on November 12 via the laptopgiving.org website. The program will involve getting users to pony up $399 for a system, thereby purchasing an XO laptop for both themselves and a child in the developing world. DigiTimes says the offer will run until November 26, and Mary Lou Jepsen stated last month that laptops will be shipped out on a "first come, first served" basis.

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