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29 April 2010 @ 01:33 pm
OLPC in the news  
Started out the day reading this article concerning a plan to get an OLPC in the hands of every kid in the East Africa Community. This includes the countries of Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and Burundi. In total they are looking at having 30 million laptops in the region with 5 years. Its a very ambitious goal and as always the biggest hurdle is money.

At the $200 each the article mentions and looking to ship 30 million units that's a cost of 6 billion dollars. There is also another deployment going on in Gaza with an additional 500,000 machines for another 100 million dollars. So all in all to complete these deployments a total of 6.1 billion dollars is needed.

That comes to just 1.02 billion per year over 5 years. All in all a very small investment by the developed world to bring these laptops to the children and their families in these developing regions.

What do we get out of it you ask? We give 30.5 million children a great tool to help with their education. Having an education can lead them to a better life for themselves and their families. Having a better educated populous will bring stability and growth to these countries.

Oh and since all these machines will run the Sugar Desktop which is powered by Fedora. We also get 30.5 million new Fedora installs.

Not bad in my book.

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Russell HarrisonRussell Harrison [russellharrison.com] on April 29th, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
This is the kind of thing that really motivates me to participate more. Being able to say you played a part, even a very small one, in making that happen will make a fellow proud.