OLPC revives "Give One, Get One" program

Non-profit turns to Amazon to ensure smooth delivery of lightweight laptops

If you're at all like me, you've long been intrigued by the lean, green OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) XO mini-laptop. Now you have an opportunity to own one for yourself (or to give one to a child on your holiday gift list).

The OLPC has re-launched its "Give One, Get One" program, allowing people to buy one of its iconic green machines and donate one to a child in the developing world at the same time for $399, reports Computerworld.

As you may know, the goal of the OLPC project is to equip children in the developing world with rugged, low-cost laptop computers. Not only are they relatively inexpensive -- around $199 a pop -- but they're quite green, partially out of necessity.

[ Read more about the green specs of the OLPC XO. ]

The OLPC offered a similar "Give One, Get One" program last year and received 163,000 orders. However, there were some problems with shipping delays, as different entities handled different portions of the order process. Amazon is handling orders this year, which is expected to smooth the process considerably.

Amazon began taking orders for the XO laptops today. The devices will be shipped within 30 days in the United States; it will take longer for people ordering from the United Kingdom or other parts of the world.

Buyers have the option to donate machines at $199 each without purchasing one for themselves.

By the way, if you do order an XO, it will come equipped with Linux, not the version of Windows XP that has been tweaked to run on the laptop.

OLPC has shipped more than 500,000 XO laptops to children in 31 countries, including Afghanistan, Cambodia, and Iraq. The organization hopes to deliver 1 million units by the end of this year.

For more information about the OLPC "Give One, Get One" program, go to www.amazon.com/xo if you're inside the U.S.; otherwise, visit www.amazon.co.uk.