In a grand ceremony with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Nicholas Negroponte, and David Cavallo, the first working OLPC prototypes were introduced to Brazil. Guilherme has a OLPC Flickr set of all the action.
In January, the Brazilian government will receive the first lot from machines, composition for a thousand models, to be distributed for colleges in tests lead for the Ministry of the Education.Guilherme also reveals that Brazil may not be just a recipient of OLPC technology, it may also produce the related hardware that the laptops need to communicate. Hardware so far not included in the mythical $100 dollar laptop purchase price:
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.That would be 50,000 servers manufactured by the Brazilian firms Positivo and Semp Toshiba according to David Cavallo, OLPC Director for Central and South America. That would be 50,000 reasons why Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva may see this as less an education project and more a laptop project. And 50,000 reasons why the OLPC XO's real price is more like $140, $208, $972 dollars per laptop.
They will be manufactured and distributed, in the first year, up to 50 a thousand servers for the world-wide market, according to Negroponte.
But no matter the real cost of a million One Laptop Per Child computers, or if they are called CM1, 2B1, or XO Children's Machines, they are damn cute and not even Guilherme couldn't resist the little green beauty.
No, not at all.