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One Laptop Per Child

Posted by admin in Budget Computers for Education On June 7, 2014

one laptop per childBeing a leading provider of used laptops in Bangalore, we believe that every child in this country should have access to a laptop to support their learning. As an organization we facilitate NGO’s with our quality refurbished computers and used computers to support the great movement of One Laptop Per Child movement. So in today’s post we narrate about how One Laptop Per Child movement is shaping India’s future. OLPC or One Laptop Per Child, is the name of a project focusing on the distribution of PCs built with the purpose of providing every child in the world knowledge and access to information technology and modern forms of education. The project has the support and collaboration of Google, AMD, Red Hat, News Corp, Brightstar Corp and other companies.

One Laptop Per Child – The Movement

The project undertakers have made it clear that it is not a business project in principle, but that it is primarily an educational project. The new models have also solved the problem of how to operate a computer in remote areas of the world that lack electricity. In late November of 2005 the project was announced during a convention in Tunisia. The OLPC was presented by co-founder Nicholas Negroponte in January 2006 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. This project generated many detractors who claimed it was more of a personal and beneficial project for its creators than a humanitarian project.

These budget laptops are built with a GNU/Linux based platform and are efficient in terms of energy consumption generating enough power for operation. Wireless connectivity allows these devices to connect to the Internet from anywhere. These laptops will initially be sold to governments and issued to children in schools under the OLPC scheme. Priced at $100 each, a sales channel has been designed for the purchase by governments of developing countries. The OLPC is a nonprofit organization based in Delaware, created by professors from MIT to design, manufacture and distribute these laptops.


The device is too small to be handled by the hands of an adult. The hardware of the machine is designed to allow a long battery life. So performance is not the top priority. The batteries last for days, not hours, thanks to a processor with low-frequency clock. The laptop has two WiFi antennas. It has no hard drive but flash memory can be used for storing the operating system and the data of the user. The flash memory can be expanded via external standard units, through its three USB ports. The lid can be fully rotated and the device can be turned into a tablet without keyboard in the following prototype XO-2 which will include a touch screen. There is also a webcam on top, microphone, two speakers, SD card slot, several game console type buttons, and an LED screen.


The system was originally based on a license GNU core Linux and ultra-simple desktop system in which the windows are always maximized. There are control instructions which can be shown or hidden by pressing a key. OLPC laptops can only perform basic tasks: write documents, produce drawings, use the Internet, play simple games, listen to music. It is designed for those who have never had a PC before.

One of the key aspects of the project in regard to communications software is that the units form a self-managed network, where each customer is at the same time a router. Thus, the network extends coverage because of the presence of the devices themselves, since each is the router of the next, so as to form a chain that is not dependent on core nodes. The other key element is the use of the highly effective educational environment called Squeak, which is a world of interactive objects through which children of all ages can learn concepts using graphics and multimedia.

Renewit being one of largest seller of second hand laptops in Bangalore, think one laptop per child movement needs more support from government, NGO’s and general public. Lets join our hands to support the less privileged in the next generation.

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