The blogsphere is alight with different reactions to the four main revelations:
- Microsoft on OLPC: As OLPC News predicted, not only will the OLPC run Windows, the OLPC Leadership is not opposed to participating countries wiping Sugar/Linux off the Children's Machine XO's and installing Windows.
- OLPC XO is now $175: As OLPC News predicted, the XO price is now $175. This is probably due to both the BTest-3 hardware and the reduction in units. Or actually, $176 per laptop, with that dollar going to OLPC. Not the $8 million profit per order we predicted last year, but still significant at 3 million units.
- 3 Million units @ 250,000 minimum orders: One Laptop Per Child has backed off their previous goal of a 5 million unit initial production run. They are now aiming for a 3 million unit run and have established interest in 2.5 million orders as their May 30th order deadline approaches. On the bright side, the order minimum has dropped to 250,000 units, hopefully reflecting the reality that a million units of any technology is overwhelming for developing countries.
- XO's in USA Schools: While once dismissed as not their market, with the shortfall in orders, OLPC is now entertaining order inquires from American state governors. Apparently 19 governors have inquired, and with OLPC's mission change away from radical Constructionism, maybe we'll see OLPC in USA schools, but at $175 to $300, depending on volume.
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