[OLPC India] Partnering with OLPC in India
Joshua N Pritikin
jpritikin at pobox.com
Tue Sep 9 10:44:19 EDT 2008
On Tue, Sep 09, 2008 at 07:32:09PM +0545, Dev Mohanty wrote:
> if they've even figured out how to replace broken hardware,
Repair centers are going up around the world. India could be next. Just
google for data.
> or are they even thinking of tagging XO's anywhere close to the 100
> USD figure sometime in the recent future, which to me sounds awfully
> far-fetched right now.
An Indian G1G1 would make that possible.
> Well, if it's all about the education, then I firmly believe no number
> should not be small enough for a pilot.
Being the tech contact for the pilot in my school, I can understand why
we need to get to bigger numbers. The amount of effort required to
manage the laptops is much more for small pilots than for big pilots.
- Child ownership means that the teachers don't have to figure out how
to uncustomize the laptop after the previous child customized it. The
next release 8.2 is going to be much more customizable than 8.1.
- A school server is approximately the same amount of headache to set up
for 10 laptops as it is for 1000 laptops.
- For hardware failures, we can't afford to deal with them because they
are so infrequent. If there were 10,000 laptops then we could probably
afford one full-time person for hardware repairs and troubleshooting.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Big deployments make sense. Small
deployments consume too much effort for the payback.
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