The XO has been in the #1 spot for computers and PCs yesterday and today. Rock on! I’m slowly moving away from my Thinkpad to my XO for development and other work, as I improve my setup with keyboards and monitors, get more frustrated with this power-sucking device, and as the 8.2 interface improves. Once I can switch freely b/t Fedora or Debian and Sugar desktops later this month, I may stop using my Lenovo entirely.
As usual, please send people to laptop.org/xo when telling them about our program; that way we capture the referral fee and any questions about giving more than one, or simply giving a laptop, are answered from the main OLPC information page.
Update: We are shipping G1G1 Internationally to 45 countries, through December 31st this year. See details on the late-November countries post.
We have spent the past two weeks preparing for the Give One, Get One fundraising campaign starting on Monday. Last year’s donors (thank you!) were critical to launching projects in Rwanda, Haiti, Ethiopia, Oceania, Afghanistan*, and Mongolia. This year’s campaign will begin a new wave of OLPC projects.
The biggest difference this year is that G1G1′s donors are also going global — we are launching the campaign simultaneously in the US and Europe at 11am UTC (6am EST) on the 17th. (UPDATE: Amazon.com information pages are up, and it is possible to put in a G1G1 request now, but the Give Only and other pages will not be up until later this afternoon.)
Donors in the US will be able to donate and Give a laptop through Laptop.org/xo. The Get laptops going to recipients in the US will be fulfilled right away. Donors outside the US will be able to donate through Amazon.co.uk, where G1G1 will cost £275 (currently just over 322 Euros) plus shipping. The Get laptops for recipients outside the US will be fulfilled as soon as possible. stay tuned to this blog for more details in the coming days.
Update: the Christmas round of shipments was sent out last week; everyone who donated by December 16th should have received their XO by now, unless we are still waiting on clearance to ship to their country [sorry, Japan! Fumi, where are you when we need you?]. A final batch of machines will be sent out in January; the program is expected to end on December 31.
Update 2: donors in Australia, Hong Kong, and France are encouraged to donate through pages specifically set up for your country for a tax deduction.
The benefit of working with leading industry partners like Amazon to expand our reach is that our mission becomes clearer, letting OLPC focus on its real purpose: giving One Laptop per Child — at a global level.