One laptop per child - $180 laptops in India

by hkhatri on Oct 14, 2007      Category: Education Tags: education technology olpc laptop

One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative in collaboration with Reliance communications has launched laptops costing Rs 7000 in a tribal village in Maharastra. Under the initiative, Reliance Communications will provide internet connectivity, network backbone, logistic and support to the OLPC initiative in India, using its network that would cover over 25,000 towns and 6,00,000 Indian villages by March 2008.

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ameetdesh's picture

This is huge!! I am so glad that finally OLPC is picking up pace in India. It is a superb design, can be human powered and Reliance is good at execution. Now daunting 2W energy consumption goal, seems to have been overcome.

nikux's picture

After all the speculations some news of execution, although I am not sure how much of it is a real benefit, but am glad to see execution.

kowsik's picture

It looks like a good beginning. I think it is too early for us to expect any benefit.

kowsik's picture

This was the TED Talk given by Nicholas Negroponte about the One Laptop per Child project: http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/41

This talk was given in 2006.

mynk's picture

Recently this project has been surrounded by the grave concerns. The open source community is disappointed with the decision to support Windows (http://radian.org/notebook/sic-transit-gloria-laptopi) and many others think the project might be just too far fetched (http://spectrum.ieee.org/apr07/4985/1). Let us hope it is otherwise! :)

One more link with interesting collection of articles on the subject:
http://www.deeshaa.org/category/information-and-communications-technolog...

parulgupta8ue's picture

looking at Ivan Krstic's post more closely .. supporting windows is not such a heresy!

i am a supporter of open-source myself (ngopost is open-source!) but strongly feel there's a difference between users of technology and those who want to open it up and tinker with it. and in projects like OLPC, where a low barrier to adoption is crucial, anything that puts that at risk defeats the purpose, whatever else its nobel intentions be (read the bit about 'shitty power management and many other hassles aren't Linux's fault'). If a lot of people want Windows as they are more comfortable with it, why not! maybe dual boots & OS X types are the solution .. retaining the option of s/w control for those who want it, with almost hassle-free operation.

mynk's picture

Linux is not user friendly is a myth (http://www.kroah.com/log/linux/ols_2006_keynote.html) that needs to be shattered and it is with such projects that this could be done. People who grew up on windows find it easier but that shouldn't have been reason enuf to encourage the software monopoly and it wasn't. I read somewhere that some of the people from the project are alienating because Nicholas has shifted the focus from educating children to selling more machines.

Linux is not just for people who wish to play with internals. Recently, I installed linux(Ubuntu to be precise) for people from diverse backgrounds (like ones from Sadashivnagar police station! :)) and they were rather surprised with the ease of use.

Microsoft and noble intentions hardly go together and I am sincerely hoping Bill Gates with his vision on Creative Capitalism changes this notion. There are nice initiatives taken up by MS but in the software world they keep playing dirty - they have always been profit centric!!! Noble intentions should be realized in noble ways 'obviously' with novel ideas... :)

OLPC was better off without all this calumny fighting the many questions surrounding it already - how can you be supplying laptops to kids who haven't food to eat?

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