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Welcome to the OLPC Wiki, a collaborative site about the One Laptop per Child project and related communities. We currently have 9,908 pages; please join us and share your ideas. For a project overview, see also

For developers, there is a development site for tracking bugs and browsing source code,

For XO users, we have an online Getting Started Guide; for more detailed help with your XO, please visit our XO Help and Support FAQ pages.

What's new

Give One Get One XOs arrive in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
The first laptops donated from the G1G1 program arrive in Mongolia
Start of Mass Production at Quanta

Weekly updates: Current events   ·   Archives: Old News.

  • An OLPC response to The Economist "Clunky Laptop" article.
  • Bunnie "tears down" an XO laptop... worth the read.
  • Read an interview with former OLPC CTO Mary Lou Jepsen on Groklaw
  • OLPC's statement in regard to Intel's resignation from the OLPC board and association.
  • The Give One Get One program concluded on 31 December 2007. Thanks to all who participated!
  • CNN is hosting a wonderful AP article on how the XO laptop and OLPC are transforming a remote Peruvian village.
  • Mary Lou Jepsen has begun posting our many safety and inspection certificates on the Hardware Testing page.
  • We've only just begun. Uruguay has started the first mass-production deployment of OLPC! (See Ivan Krstić's blog for more details.) Next stop: Peru.

About One Laptop per Child

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It's an education project, not a laptop project.

Nicholas Negroponte

This is the wiki for the non-profit One Laptop per Child association. The mission of this association is to develop a low-cost laptop—the "$100 Laptop"—to revolutionize how we educate the world's children. Our goal is to provide children around the world with new opportunities to explore, experiment, and express themselves.

Why do children in developing nations need laptops? Laptops are a window and a tool: a window into the world and a tool with which to think. They are a wonderful way for all children to learn learning through independent interaction and exploration.

OLPC espouses five core principles:

Child Ownership
I wear my XO like my pair of shoes.
Low Ages
I have good XO shoes for a long walk.
A healthy education is a vaccination, it reaches everybody and protects from ignorance and intolerance.
When we talk together we stay together.
Free and Open Source
Give me a free and open environment and I will learn and teach with joy.

see also: more about the Laptop and OLPC's vision for learning.

Want to know more? Perhaps get involved?

A good place to start is the One Laptop per Child page, which gives an overview of the project. There is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ); a place to ask a question; places to get involved, participate and current job openings; We can use some extra help translating and preparing content bundles in general, for example. There are numerous pages on hardware, software, content, and the developers program—and a separate wiki for software development. The XO's interface, Sugar, has its own interface guidelines. There are also discussion pages on issues of deployment and country-specific discussions. An extended table of contents is also available.

If you want to try out the laptop, you can emulate the XO on your PC.

OLPC is also carefully filling some full-time positions.

About this wiki

The dual purposes of this wiki are to both share information about the project and to solicit ideas and feedback. The articles and discussion vary from technical to epistemological.

We invite comments on every page; please leave a comment by using the discussion tab found at the top of each page in the wiki. Edits to the article pages themselves should be limited to facts, not opinions. Please sign your comments: make an account and use ~~~~ as your signature.

Pages that include the {{OLPC}} template—such as this one—are maintained by the OLPC team; these pages are generally representative of the current state of the project; other pages—created and maintained by the community—should be read with that in mind. While you are welcome to edit and add information to OLPC-maintained pages, please be sure to login before doing so.