The number of orders for OLPC exceeded half a million

Published on December 03, 2007

The number of orders for OLPC exceeded half a million

    The head of the OLPC project, Nicholas Negroponte, in a Friday interview confirmed information about new orders for laptops for children: the Peruvian government bought a batch of 260,000 units, and Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim purchased 50,000 units for charity events in his country . Thus, the total number of orders reached 610,000 devices.

    Negroponte hopes for new large orders in the wake of the current growth of interest in the platform, which, nevertheless, is much weaker than what the authors of the project expected at the beginning. Competition from Taiwanese manufacturers that released their laptop models from the ultra-low price category is becoming more apparent every day: Asus EeePC has long since removed OLPC from the pedestal of the most desirable laptop as a gift.