News
 

Bookmark and Share

(0) 

One Laptop per Child non-profit organization has issued a statement that indicates plans to reduce staff count by 50%, cut salary for the remaining personnel and discontinue certain operations. The organization still believes it will be able to create next-generation ultra-cheap laptop for developing countries and also kick-off certain initiatives to boost computerization of developing nations.

From now on, OLPC will focus on development of the second generation XO laptop, creation of a million of digital books, a no-cost connectivity program as well as passing the development of the Sugar operating system to the community.

“Like many other nonprofits that are facing tough economic times, One Laptop per Child must downsize in order to keep costs in line with fewer financial resources. Today we are reducing our team by approximately 50% and there will be salary reductions for the remaining 32 people. While we are saddened by this development, we remain firmly committed to our mission of getting laptops to children in developing countries,” said Nicholas Negroponte, the head of OLPC.

According to Mr. Negroponte, approximately 500 thousand children worldwide already own OLPC XO-1 laptops. The organization will not only continue to work with governments to deploy the inexpensive XO-1 notebooks, but will also create a program under which the least developed countries will get such systems for free.

Current OLPC XO laptop features AMD Geode LX-700 processor with 433MHz clock-speed and built-in graphics controller, 256MB of PC-2700 (DDR 333MHz) memory, 1GB NAND flash that substitutes hard disk drive, 7.5” screen with 1200x900 resolution, wireless and wired network adapters as well as integrated webcam, microphone, speakers and so on.

Tags: OLPC, XO

Discussion

Comments currently: 0

Add your Comment




Related news

Latest News

Monday, July 21, 2014

12:56 pm | Microsoft to Fire 18,000 Employees to Boost Efficiency. Microsoft to Perform Massive Job Cut Ever Following Acquisition of Nokia

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

6:11 am | Apple Teams Up with IBM to Make iPhone and iPad Ultimate Tools for Businesses and Enterprises. IBM to Sell Business-Optimized iPhone and iPad Devices

Monday, July 14, 2014

6:01 am | IBM to Invest $3 Billion In Research of Next-Gen Chips, Process Technologies. IBM to Fund Development of 7nm and Below Process Technologies, Help to Create Post-Silicon Future

5:58 am | Intel Postpones Launch of High-End “Broadwell-K” Processors to July – September, 2015. High-End Core i “Broadwell” Processors Scheduled to Arrive in Q3 2015

5:50 am | Intel Delays Introduction of Core M “Broadwell” Processors Further. Low-Power Broadwell Chips Due in Late 2014