We at OLPC News want you to buy an XO laptop - the famed "$100 laptop" even if its not $100 dollars. Its an amazing tool to learn learning, educating children and adults in the process. But buying an XO laptop can be a challenge - they're not for sale at the local Best Buy. So we've made this handy F.A.Q. for you:
Where can I buy an XO-1?
OLPC only sells XO laptops in large volumes (thousands of laptops) to governments. If you'd like to purchase one, the best option is via eBay XO sales.
How much does the XO-1 cost?
Since the XO-1 is not available for commercial sale, this question is difficult to answer. It costs OLPC just under $200 to make and deliver them in large numbers. If you're looking to purchase one, they cost whatever the eBay XO market will bear.
Why can't I buy a few XO's from OLPC?
OLPC has at times allowed small-lot purchases and at other times has not; the logistics of supporting such sales are complex. At the present time, OLPC is adamant that they will not sell XO laptops to individuals or in small numbers.
Where can I get an XO-1.5?
OLPC is releasing a new laptop, the XO-1.5, but you can only get one through the Contributors Program application process. You'll need to demonstrate that your project will give back to the community.
When can I buy a XO 1.5 motherboard upgrade?
Cross your fingers and hope that OLPC starts to value the G1G1 community; if so they may offer the motherboard so we can upgrade XO-1's with the XO-1.5 motherboard. But so far, nothing.