One Laptop Per Child launched its second Give One/Get One (G1G1) program today. This year, order and delivery of the laptops in the US will be handled through Amazon.com. If you missed out on participating in this program last year, here’s your chance.
The laptops (known as XOs) run the latest release of Sugar on a Linux-based Fedora Core operating system. (They do not dual-boot Windows and Linux, contrary to some reports.) For answers to frequently asked questions, and for other XO giving programs, follow the links on Amazon.
Unlike last year’s program that ran just over a month at the end of the year, this yearâ€™s Give One/Get One campaign will become an ongoing program. Amazon will distribute the â€œgetâ€ laptops and are providing their services at cost. You can see the developing OLPC storefront at http://www.amazon.com/xo.
The program details are similar to those from last year:
$199 to give a laptop to a child in the developing world
$399 to give a laptop to a child in the developing world and get a laptop.
I participated in this program last year and love my little laptop. It’s extremely durable–they have to be to survive in some of the environments they’re sent to, it’s compact, and it has built-in wireless. I keep it in my car and use it at free wireless access points to catch up on email and read e-books, among other things. I’ve used it more than once to post to this blog.
Today hundreds of thousands of children use XOs every day, including over a quarter of all young students in Uruguay. Meanwhile, Peru is distributing XOs to over 10,000 schools. Although you can’t specify where your donated XO will be sent, you can be assured that it will go to a child in a developing country who would otherwise not have an opportunity to get their hands on a computer.