We now have the results from the first open competition for government purchases of laptops designed for 1:1 implementation in public schools, the Ceibal Uruguay RFP.
LATU Uruguay, the government entity testing both Intel's Classmate PC and One Laptop Per Child's XO computer has rated the XO-1 the better option for the children of Uruguay's Florida province, 56.84 points to 53.06 points.
Now the findings are not official yet, as all the bidders have five days to contest the process, but this is a stunning upset for Intel and a resounding confirmation for OLPC. LATU will be purchasing 100,000 laptops for children, with an option to buy 50,000 more, at $199 per laptop.
Brightstar [Uruguay with OLPC XO's] took the process offering the computer to U$S 205 and Positive [Group of Brazil with Intel Classmate]Congratulations One Laptop Per Child! And congratulations Brightstar Corporation. Their $2 million USD donation to OLPC has paid off handsomely.
Brightstar [Uruguay with OLPC XO's] began the process by offering their computer at US$205; Positivo at US$ 274 (in their open-source Linux offering) although this unit had more memory and functionality. Latu negotiated on price, and finally the OX went down to US$199 and Intel's unit to US$258.
Grupo Positivo's [of Brazil with Intel Classmate] proposal, which included servers, connectivity, teacher training and educational portals, also had a proposal for use of Windows and tech support in Uruguay by the Sonda company.
Brightstar's offer only includes teacher training and tech support, in addition to an additional 1% supply of machines for replacement purposes due to wear and tear. In addition, this design allows for parts that can be replaced by the children themselves.
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