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After the Hype

Chaos Communication Congress 26th (26C3) 2009
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While One Laptop per Child is a widely known and much discussed and often heavily critized project little is actually known about the current state of its efforts. So it may come as a surprise to many that almost a million children around the world use their Linux powered XO-1 laptop in school on a daily basis. This talk will shed some light on this and other interesting developments and look at how FLOSS and global grassroot communities can make a difference in ICT-supported education around the world. Few initiatives in the ICT sector have received as much public attention in recent years as One Laptop per Child. Still most widely known as the "$100 laptop project" OLPC faced a lot of criticism and suffered some setbacks in recent years. Especially the perceived move away from Linux towards Windows cost the project much good will and many supporters from the FLOSS community. And despite the project's generally high visibility little is known about the very real progress it has made in increasing educational opportunities by distributing almost a million laptops to children in some of the poorest countries around the planet. And yes, more than 99% of them run Sugar, the open-source software originally developed by OLPC and now coordinated by the independent Sugar Labs community.

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