Mass Production for the OLPC Begins

Delays, delays and more delays have plagued the OLPC's XO-1 program, but finally --- mass production has begun.

Early Tuesday (local time), Taiwan's Quanta Computer started producing the green-and-white computer in its new Changshu manufacturing center, two hours northwest of Shanghai.

The commencement of mass production means children in developing nations could have the rugged, open-source laptops in hand starting this month. The OLPC has already announced orders for kids in Uruguay and Mongolia. (Residents of the U.S. and Canada participating in the Give 1 Get 1 program--which donates an XO to a child in a developing nation for every machine sold online--are expected to start getting laptops in December.)

And if you're interested in getting an OLPC, you can, but only via the Give 1 Get 1 program.

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