XO laptop to hit production late, face shortages

The One Laptop Per Child foundation's XO laptop has been making headlines recently, even receiving a glowing endorsement from the New York Times' David Pogue earlier this month. However, a new headline, this time courtesy of Reuters, suggests the notebook will face shortages this quarter.

Reuters quotes OLPC CTO Mary Lou Jepsen as saying the XO laptop was scheduled to hit production at a Chinese factory this month, but production has been postponed until November 12. She blames the delay on "some last-minute bugs," which she says have since been resolved. The OLPC foundation expects to produce 100,000 laptops this year, but the delay will cause a shortage of computers available as part of the "Give 1 Get 1" program to customers in the United States and Canada.

For those not familiar with the XO saga, the Give 1 Get 1 program is the OLPC foundation's commercialization scheme. It involves offering the XO for sale at $400, a price that buys both an XO for the customer and one for a child in the developing world. In light of the delays, though, Mary Lou Jespen advises customers interested in the program to "order early." The Give 1 Get 1 scheme will kick off on November 12, at which point users will be able to order laptops from laptopgiving.org.

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