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XO: The Children's Machine

The One Laptop per Child non-profit develops a low-cost laptop—the "XO Laptop"—to revolutionize how we educate the world's children. Our mission is to provide educational opportunities for the world's most isolated and poorest children by giving each child a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop; and software tools and content designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning.

OLPC has produced XO laptops for more than 2 million children around the world, the majority of them in Uruguay, Peru, Rwanda, Haiti, Mongolia and the United States. These laptops all run Sugar and Fedora Linux, and have customized software and content builds developed by their national deployment teams in collaboration with OLPC staff. We maintain a regular update of deployment information.

Quote of the Day

"This is not just a matter of giving a laptop to each child, as if bestowing on them some magical charm. The magic lies within -- within each child, within each scientist, scholar, or just plain citizen in the making. This initiative is meant to bring it forth into the light of day."
  —Kofi Annan

Current projects

The Contributors program offers free XO laptops to developers and content creators who are working on projects that will benefit deployments worldwide. To apply for this program, submit a description of the work you are planning along with your contact information.

Read more about our deployments, the latest sugar release and the new XO-4 Touch laptop, or other projects. Follow our news and submit new stories. To suggest your own project, or get free XO hardware to work with, submit a project proposal directly.

Kofi Annan and Jeff Sachs visit students in Bonsaaso, Ghana
School break at the pilot in Arahuay, Perú
OLPC project in Ethiopia

Get Involved

This wiki contains project pages describing work and ideas related to OLPC. Be bold - create new pages for your own projects, or learn how to get involved with those already in progress. You can also ask other community members about ways to contribute.

See our latest community news and accomplishments, including our overhauled Contributors Program, offering free XO Laptop loans and community mentoring to volunteers worldwide who pay it forward.


There are overview pages dedicated to hardware, software, education and content. The XO's iconic software interface, Sugar, has its own human interface guidelines, here and on the Sugar Labs wiki. There are also discussion pages on issues of deployment and country-specific discussions.

OLPC is designed around five core principlesChild Ownership, Low Ages, Saturation, Connection, and Free and Open Source tools, and each of these have their own portal sections as well.

Start of mass production at Quanta

News and updates

OLPC Rwanda launches at Kagugu Primary School in Kigali
Laptops are introduced in Mongolia
Thai, one of 18 localized OLPC keyboards
One of many activities for Sugar - a Memorize game

The 12 most recent new pages on this wiki:

  • 06:07, 27 June 2015 ‎PDSH (hist) ‎[2,202 bytes] ‎Quozl (Talk | contribs) (Created page with 'PDSH is a parallel distributed shell. PDSH can be used for remote access into a group of laptops from a master laptop. Sugar Activities can be added and removed, as can other s…')
  • 08:03, 19 June 2015 ‎XO Self Test/Keyboard (hist) ‎[192 bytes] ‎Quozl (Talk | contribs) (Created page with 'The keyboard self test allows each key to be tested. The escape key stops the test. 200px Look for keys that don't respond, or don't stay on w…')
  • 07:46, 19 June 2015 ‎XO Self Test/Display (hist) ‎[2,070 bytes] ‎Quozl (Talk | contribs) (Created page with 'The display test of the XO laptop goes through several steps. Each step pauses for a short time while the display is switched between frozen and live several times, as a test of…')
  • 03:42, 18 June 2015 ‎Firmware/Screenshot (hist) ‎[3,459 bytes] ‎Quozl (Talk | contribs) (Created page with 'Tools for screenshots are in Open Firmware source code. == Preparation == *make a USB drive with ext2 filesystem, with nothing important on it, *download […')
  • 06:11, 19 May 2015 ‎Release notes/13.2.5 (hist) ‎[1,067 bytes] ‎Quozl (Talk | contribs) (Created page with '== Overview == 13.2.5 is an OLPC OS release. The target platforms are XO-1.75. == Fixes == *fix for DCON DETTL signal integrity, <trac>12852</trac>, *fix the activity updater…')
  • 05:19, 19 May 2015 ‎13.2.5 (hist) ‎[1,058 bytes] ‎Quozl (Talk | contribs) (Created page with '13.2.5 is an OLPC OS release, fixing a problem with the DCON DETTL signal integrity. The target platforms are Target platforms::XO-1.75. == Status == Status: [[Status::in …')
  • 05:06, 19 May 2015 ‎Release notes/13.2.4/Tested Activities (hist) ‎[1,626 bytes] ‎CarrolRiddle (Talk | contribs) (Created page with 'The following Activities start and mostly function on an XO-1 running 13.2.4 on an SD card (8 GB). There must be sufficient storage for large Activities (such as GCompris) to run…')
  • 04:56, 19 May 2015 ‎Activities/13.2.5 (hist) ‎[10,478 bytes] ‎Quozl (Talk | contribs) (Created page with '<!-- Activites included in OLPC 13.2.3 images, for verification of hardware compatibility and capability -->{{Activity-oneline |icon = activity-web.svg |activity_name = Browse |…')
  • 23:04, 17 May 2015 ‎OLPC Firmware q4d38 (hist) ‎[1,414 bytes] ‎Quozl (Talk | contribs) (Created page with '{{OLPC}} {{Release Notes}} == Summary == Works on XO-1.75 C2. * fix for display noise found during manufacturing with new parts, <trac>12852</trac>. {| border="1" cellspacing="…')
  • 22:32, 12 May 2015 ‎Zamora Teran/Instalaciones (hist) ‎[1,278 bytes] ‎Germanrs (Talk | contribs) (Created page with '= Instalaciones = == Servidores XS == === XS 0.7 == === XSCE 5.0 == === XSCE 5.1 == == Access Points == === Direcciones IP === * Rango de IP: * Mascara de Re…')
  • 03:45, 11 May 2015 ‎Release notes/13.2.4/Installation/XO-1/SD (hist) ‎[1,481 bytes] ‎Quozl (Talk | contribs) (Created page with '* select an SD card of at least 4GB capacity; it will be erased by the process below, * select a USB drive of at least 1GB capacity, * download […')
  • 03:37, 11 May 2015 ‎Release notes/13.2.4/Installation/XO-1 (hist) ‎[143 bytes] ‎Quozl (Talk | contribs) (Created page with '{{Software_Install3|path=|release=13.2.4|build=16|filename=32016o0|model=XO-1|signed=yes}}')
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