OLPC Announces Retail Version

by Ash Dyer

I heard about this announcement a few days ago at a presentation by two fantastic OLPC interns to the MIT Entrepreneurs Club, but it's taken me a while to get around to tracking it down. The story was carried by Reuters on Monday evening: http://www.reuters.com/article/companyNewsAndPR/idUSN2336963020070723

OLPC has decided to release a commercial version, which is fantastic. Contrary to popular belief, these laptops are awesome and definitely something I'd recommend checking out.

The revenue generated from commercial sales of the laptops will likely go to paying for the production of more laptops for the developing world. Essentially, it would be a 1-for-1 program, so you get one and one gets sent to a child in need. I will note that nothing's set in stone yet, but I can't wait to see these laptops in the US!

A side-note: the OLPC XO is the first machine to have a draft-S compliant mesh client.