At this stage obviously everyone is waiting to see how it will pan out, my own sensing is, that it's already a triumphant success in terms of shaking up the industry and getting the industry to think about both new technologies and new markets.If it were not for Nicholas Negroponte's marketing brilliance and global hype, we would not have educational computer competition including a Classmate PC, much less a debate over which laptop is better or Intel offering a Linux distro. That mindset change in itself is a wonderful accomplishment.
Next Mark brings out the real cost issue of the "$100 laptop" tagline:
But I fear that people may judge it harshly if they don't actually produce the laptop for a 100 Dollars and unfortunately it looks like that is unlikely at this stage.Unlikely? More like fantasy. If we look at the Libyan MOU, OLPC XO's are $208. OLPC News estimations say it's the $1,000 laptop and One Laptop Per Child wants $30 Billion dollars per year no matter what the per-unit computer cost.
Still, Mark did make me wonder with this comment:
I expect that some of the countries that will go down that road will choose Ubuntu and if they do that, we would help them to make Ubuntu work very well on that platform.Hmm.. now why would Ministries of Education wipe off the Sugar UI for the Ubuntu Linux distro? Maybe because Ubuntu has great educational software like Edubuntu while Negroponte dismisses content?