The XO a Linux laptop, is the project of the Non-Profit group that envisioned to develop a low cost laptop and deliver the laptop for free to poor kids around the world, suddenly seems to turn a tad bit capitalistic and is considering the possibility of selling the 100$ machines to the General Public.

One plan being considered is to sell the laptops to constumers would be to purchase 2 of the laptops at the same time and have the extra laptop proceed to the developing world.

OLPC plans to deliver 5 million laptops to developing nations including Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Nigeria, Libya, Pakistan, and Thailand.

The Proposed Features and Specs for the low cost laptops listed on the OLPC website is as follows:

* Processor — AMD Geode GX2-500@1.0W clocked at 366MHz
* Memory — 128MB of DRAM
* Storage — no hard drive; instead, the unit will have 512MB of internal nonvolatile “flash memory,” used for programs and data storage
* Display — 7.5-inch “dual-mode” 1200 x 900 pixel display
– Mono display: High-resolution, reflective monochrome mode
– Color display: Standard-resolution, quincunx-sampled, transmissive color mode
* Expansion — three USB 2.0 ports
* Wireless networking — built-in 802.11b/g WiFi
* Power supply — built-in rechargeable battery back with wind-up charger

* System software:
– OS — a version of Fedora Core Linux is available for testing, but Fedora is not necessarily the shipped OS.

– Boot environment — LinuxBIOS
– User interface — Sugar, “a custom built interface designed for the kids”

— *Note: The Sugar GUI, is written in “Python”. * —

(a Demo of the OLPC UI is available at YouTube.)

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