OLPC Australia


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Welcome to the kick-off page for Australia.


OLPC Australia was launched in March 2008. They received a small batch of laptops to distribute as that independent Foundation could manage it across pilot projects in the region.


Technical development

Technical development is co-ordinated at https://dev.laptop.org.au/. See the Participation page to get involved.

Technical projects

Some of the key technical projects supported by OLPC Australia.

XO-AU: an Australian-specific software build for XOs. It contains localised settings and content suitable for Australian children. It has been developed in consultation with schools, educators and local communities.

XS-AU: a reconfiguration of the XS school server.

Mini Server: A mini update server that runs on an XO. Other XOs can wirelessly update their OS from it, using olpc-update. In a sense, it is like Nandblaster, but data (including the Journal) is preserved.

XOP: An XO racking and charging solution. The charger developed by OLPC Australia is better suited for the racks than the OLPC version.


These are community groups assisting OLPC Australia.

See our Events page for more.

The Melbourne XO Club meets monthly.

OLPC Australia personnel are often present at the Sydney Linux Users Group.

Key contacts

OLPC Australia Board

  • Rangan Srikhanta, Chief Executive Officer
  • Clinton Hoffmann, Chairman
  • Prof. Barry Vercoe, Director
  • Charles Kane, Director
  • Philip Argy, Director
  • Michael McLeod - Director


  • Sridhar Dhanapalan, Engineering Manager
  • Rita Sharma, Operations Manager
  • Jerry Vonau, Software Engineer
  • Deepak Muddha, Software Test Engineer
  • Sasha Faint, Customer Service
  • Ning Gong, Finance and Logistics Co-ordinator
  • Alan James, Regional Manager - Northern Territory

See also

External links

Primary Language English
Number of Laptops 8000
Keyboard Layout OLPC English Keyboard
Date(s) Arrived in Country
School Server
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Number of manufactured laptops 8,000  +
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