Want your kids to have their own laptop to use at school and home in the near term? You might want to consider moving to Nigeria, Brazil, Argentina, or Thailand, if you don’t live in one of these countries already. Other undisclosed countries are apparently also in active negotiations with OLPC.

This bodes well for Linux and the open source education software movement in general. David Thornburg, in a podcast published last week on K-12 OpenSource, discussed the state of Indiana’s plans to roll out 300,000 laptops to all high school students in the state, running…. that’s right, Linux.

These trends are sure to encourage more developers to pay attention to the Linux platform in education. Are we at the tipping point for open source in education? Probably not yet. But we are getting closer! 🙂

On a personal note, earlier this summer my 8 year old son showed me how much money had had saved (about $30) and said, “You know what’s it’s for, Dad.” I wasn’t, so he gave me a hint. “You know, it’s orange.” He’s ready to buy.

Unfortunately, these won’t be for sale in the US! 🙁

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