The government of Colombia has established a deal to bring the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project’s distinctive XO laptop to the country for a pilot program that will involve schools in several towns. These laptops won’t be packing the penguin, however, because they will come with Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system preinstalled.
Colombia has now become the second country to launch a pilot program for Windows-based XO systems. (The first was Peru, which announced its own plans back in September.) The government of Colombia has decided to deploy the little laptops in the towns of Quetame and Chia. Quetame has seen particularly rough times this past year and suffered serious damage when it was ravaged by the El Calvario earthquake in May.