It appears that the very first photo of the next-generation OLPC XO 2.0 low-cost laptop has finally emerged on the Internet, showing us some of the things we should be expecting. In addition to that, it looks like Nicholas Negroponte, the founder of the One Laptop Per Child project, has confirmed that the next-generation XO laptop is going for a different design and marketing strategy. To be more specific, the upcoming laptop, which could be released sooner rather than later, will be meant to provide users with a book that can be a laptop as compared with the first XO laptop, which was meant as a laptop that could be a book.
Update: The OLPC press folks emailed back… I asked “will the OLPC be open source hardware”… They said–
That’s definitely the intention of everybody at OLPC. However, when you outsource as much as OLPC does, it will be a challenge to persuade partners to open up their intellectual property.