[Localization] [Fwd: Re: #7116 NORM Never A: Possible European G1G1 program needs appropriate keyboards]

Sebastien Adgnot sadgnot at gmail.com
Mon Jun 9 06:39:34 EDT 2008

On Mon, Jun 9, 2008 at 12:07 PM, James Cameron <quozl at laptop.org> wrote:

> On Mon, Jun 09, 2008 at 11:28:34AM +0200, Sebastien Adgnot wrote:
> > Do you have an idea of the minimum quantity required so the
> > manufacturer could build laptops with localized keyboards?
> I'm sure they would.
> It wouldn't be a minimum quantity per se, it would be a set of
> quantities and how much they would cost in tooling, production, separate
> shipping, and integration.  Then OLPC would have to choose which is
> economically sensible, including how long it would take.  Kim's
> statement was simplifying the realities of production costing, and
> advising that it is already judged too expensive for a G1G1.  I take it
> that the incremental cost of localised keyboard would increase the cost
> per unit to the point where it would not generate sufficient units sold
> by the G1G1, or the delay would be so considerable as to make the plan
> void.

I understand. But something to keep in mind is 200$ is a little bit less
than 130 euros which stay a very good price in Europe for a laptop. I was
asking that question, just in case somebody in France would ask the same
one. Because without an AZERTY keyboard, it will be hard to defend the
project here. We are not the kings of cultural exception for nothing (that
might be directly translated from french, sorry)!

> If a review of the decision is needed, better to focus instead on new
> information that can be integrated into the review ... such as whether a
> non-localised keyboard would be usable, and what quantity you think you
> will need.  Maybe you already mentioned that though.  I'm focusing on
> one reply out of many.

I have no idea of the quantity we would need. I really understand the
complexity of producing, maintaining, etc. multi-layout keyboards or any
other parts of the laptop.

> p.s. I'm a volunteer, not an employee.
> --
> James Cameron    mailto:quozl at us.netrek.org     http://quozl.netrek.org/


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