Comments on: OLPC to Bring a $75 Laptop to the Market http://chris.pirillo.com/2009/12/23/olpc-to-bring-a-75-laptop-to-the-market/ Geek Culture & Tech Expert: How Can I Help You Today? Wed, 25 Nov 2015 01:28:28 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 By: Justen http://chris.pirillo.com/2009/12/23/olpc-to-bring-a-75-laptop-to-the-market/#comment-107212 Mon, 28 Dec 2009 16:47:04 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/?p=16766#comment-107212 Bashing the XO based on its looks or performance is completely missing the point. It’s designed as a learning tool for kids in third world countries – in places where there isn’t even a consistent source of electrical power, let alone a lit, air-conditioned modern classroom with a wifi router and a computer lab next door. Its promise is not to deliver a laptop to tech geeks for under $200 – it’s to make computer learning aids financially and practically accessible to 3rd world children to help them and their communities bootstrap their way into the modern world without all the growing pains associated with industrialization (slave wages, pollution, mass conformity indoctrination, etc).

If you want a cheap laptop go buy a used netbook off eBay. If you want a cheap laptop for your child go buy a used netbook off eBay and install Edubuntu on it (or you can even run Sugar, XO’s desktop environment, over Windows or Linux). Get an XO if you intend to develop apps on it or appreciate it for what it is – an educational tool for the 3rd world.

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By: Alex Thurber http://chris.pirillo.com/2009/12/23/olpc-to-bring-a-75-laptop-to-the-market/#comment-107211 Sun, 27 Dec 2009 14:05:11 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/?p=16766#comment-107211 It is wonderful that we are willing to help those in developing countries, although I hope it is not at the expense of assisting the underprivileged in our own backyard.

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By: Rash http://chris.pirillo.com/2009/12/23/olpc-to-bring-a-75-laptop-to-the-market/#comment-107210 Thu, 24 Dec 2009 04:19:53 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/?p=16766#comment-107210 I think its a great thought and an innovative solution to help children from developing countries gain knowledge, rather than indulge in Naxalism and Terrorism! truly nice to see stuff getting more and more affordable!

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