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The $100 Laptop not available to general public yet.

In 2005 MIT Media Lab had launched a new research initiative to develop a $100 laptop, a technology that could revolutionize how we educate the world's children. To achieve this goal, a new, non-profit association, One Laptop per Child (OLPC), was created, which is independent of MIT.

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project is expecting to deliver its first machines into the hands of children in countries including Rwanda, Libya, Egypt and Venezuela by July. The devices, dubbed 'XO', feature a free Linux operating system with a software interface called Sugar, due for a beta pre-production release in February 2007. Although the focus of the OLPC project is mainly on delivering five million laptops to developing nations, one idea for commercial viability is for Western citizens to sponsor a machine for a developing world child.

One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), headed by MIT Labs' Nicholas Negroponte, insisted suggestions that the XO laptop would be sold through eBay, to anyone who was willing to pay for a second machine for third-world countries, were untrue. News organisations forced to retract their earlier reports included the BBC, which had to change the headline on its $100 laptop story from "Public can buy $100 laptop" to "$100 laptop could sell to public".

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