The Children’s Machine

January 10, 2011

An inexpensive laptop computer which is intended to be distributed to children in developing countries all over the world, the XO-1 provides access to knowledge and opportunities for exploration, experimentation and expression. It was developed by the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Social Welfare Organization and was previously known as the $100 Laptop or the Children’s Machine.

This rugged, low-power computer contain flash memory instead of a hard drive and uses the GNU/Linux as its operating system. It comes with a slimmed-down version of the Fedora Linux and a GUI called Sugar that is intended to help young children collaborate. A video camera, a microphone, long range WI-FI and a hybrid stylus/touch pad are included in the XO-1.