Following a number of delays, the One Laptop per Child Foundation‘s much-awaited XO laptop for needy kids has finally gone into mass production. Early Tuesday (local time), Taiwan’s Quanta Computer started producing the green-and-white computer in its new Changshu manufacturing center, two hours northwest of Shanghai.
The commencement of mass production means children in developing nations could have the rugged, open-source laptops in hand starting this month. The OLPC has already announced orders for kids in Uruguay and Mongolia. (Residents of the U.S. and Canada participating in the Give 1 Get 1 program–which donates an XO to a child in a developing nation for every machine sold online–are expected to start getting laptops in December.)
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