So far the OLPC Wiki is in agreement that One Server Per School will facilitate Internet connectivity and have data storage for 100 Children's Machine XO's. Everything else is still up for debate: server hardware & OS, other services, and the actual Internet connectivity method.
No matter what the outcome, the servers will not be free or few. The OLPC Wiki shows the OSPS impact for Argentina:
Doing some quick math based on Argentina Statistics, at the national level you have 5,151,856 kids in K-12 grades in 27,888 public schools, giving ~180 laptops / school (or ~3 servers / school).Or 8,3664 servers total. Now while the final cost for the servers is still unknown, an OLPC feel-good pricing guesstimate would be $200 each or an additional $16.7 million dollars of Argentinean debt financing for one server per school.
The intense participation of the Brazilian government in the project made with that the OLPC chose Brazil to manufacture the servers who will be distributed to the participant schools of the project in the whole world.a laptop project, not an education project.
They will be manufactured and distributed, in the first year, up to 50 thousand servers for the world-wide market, according to Negroponte.
In November, the founder and president of the OLPC came to Brazil to deliver first notebook XO manufactured for president Lula and disclosed that the servers would be manufactured in Brazil as form “to thank the comprometimento” of the Brazilian government with the project.And its also a great local OLPC assembly justification: we'll buy from you only if you buy from us. That's a justification that goes both ways too. The very same IDG News article quotes David Cavallo, OLPC's representative in Brazil:
"The main question is that the delay [is due] to new design (of the server), but the commitment in manufacturing in Brazil continues firm", [he] informs in exclusive interview for the IDG Now! by email. "I imagine that the only possibility that we would decide not to construct servers in Brazil is if the country to decide not to participate of the OLPC", it continues.Hopefully both will happen, One Laptop Per Brazilian Child and Brazil will see a good portion of its OLPC hardware spend stay in-country. That way, Brazil can enhance tomorrow's children and today's economy.