The much famed ‘One Laptop Per Child‘ initiative that planned to provide laptops to under-privilege children for $100 will now sell each notebooks at $175, giving $78 profit margin to Quanta, the contracted manufacturer. Mass production is expected to begin in October, and the 75% price increase will not affect the prospect of reaching three million orders for the green-and-white laptops, said the project director Nicholas Negroponte. I am not sure why they suddenly increased the price of laptops. May be the original intention of social service is giving way to corporate greed.
The laptops will be pre-loaded with a proprietary version of Windows, but can also run its own homegrown operating system.