OLPC’s decision to end small-scale deployments hits African roll-outs


The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project has quietly shut the door on small-scale OLPC deployments, preferring to focus on large-scale installations only. The move is a serious blow to many already-existing projects in countries such as South Africa which were built around the programme in order to get OLPCs into schools.

Morgan Collett reports on his Feeding the Penguins blog that the news came via a leaked email on the Grassroots mailing list. The Change the World programme allowed users to buy 100 or 1,000 XOs for the school of their choice.

Ending the programme is “a blow to future small deployments in South Africa, as we have over 600 XOs deployed in South Africa through this program with more that were planned,” says Collett.