Boy, I couldn't have been more wrong. Only hours ago when I wrote my comment about the confirmation of the Amazon deal and G1G1 v2 laptops coming without Windows XP I said:
Amazon will run with G1G1
In the end I believe that this is about as much information as we're going to get before the marketing campaign leading up to the actual start in late November takes off.
Now laptopmag's Joanna Stern, who is well known for testing Windows XP on the XO back in August, proved me oh-so-wrong by talking to Nicholas Negroponte and confirming the price and launch date of G1G1 v2:
OLPC Founder Nicholas Negroponte confirmed that Amazon.com will offer the XO laptop starting on the Give 1, Get 1 launch on November 17. According to Negroponte the laptops will retail for $399.
Negroponte also commented on the operating system running on the G1G1 XOs:
"It will not be dual boot, but may have a Linux standard desktop as well as Sugar," Negroponte said. The decision to offer dual operating systems has not been finalized, however.
And to top it all off he made the following comment:
He also revealed that the first 100,000 or 150,000 customers participate in the program will get the XO system right away.
Now that he's spilled all the beans the only things we still need to find out is whether G1G1 v2 will be globally available!