[Marketing] Competitive Landscape??? Government of India launches the elusive $35 tablet, retail availability in November
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Thu Oct 6 08:15:26 EDT 2011
Its wonderful news that the high school and college kids in India will now
have an affordable device.
Trust me...it's great news but there is lots of room for Sugar.
Even OLPCs XOs for the primary schools.. and the numbers are staggering.
People forget how rugged the XO is...
After 3 years in mud and rain and heat and the handling by little kids in
almost all the machines are still working.
Not to forget Mary Lou Jepsens screen that has no peer for all the children
in India who study outdoors under trees and in some cases on grave stones.
Unfortunately the spokesperson who represent OLPC in India, put out many
incorrect reports in the press and the wikis about large orders by state
Governments ....And continues to put out negative press about the Indian
Govt officials esp targeting the HRD Minister...He may well be on this
list...but I am beyond caring.
All the digs about MITs OLPC ...*they do not comment on Sugar*...that the
newspapers publish are often hear say and recycled references by journalists
who have never seen or held an XO...Let alone know what Sugar is.
Attacking the local systems and people doesn't help...we need to be
collaborative in the way we deal and work.
I no longer work for DBF of the Reliance Group ..*the less said about that
the better.*.. where I organised the visit of Prof. Negroponte to India in
2008 and I have an insider view and experience of what happened and what is
happening to OLPC and Sugar in India.
A small group of us are continuing against the tide in what Prof. Negroponte
has referred to as "Boutique" projects!. We have seen that once children,
parents teachers and even Govt officials work with see for themselves what
the XO with SUGAR does for children and the community...there is no looking
back or at another option...for primary school kids at least.
I hope we can stay the course and not lose heart.
With high school kids ready with the Akash tablet we should be able to feed
right into that well with the XO and Sugar in our primary schools.
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On Thu, Oct 6, 2011 at 3:01 PM, Sean DALY <sdaly.be at gmail.com> wrote:
> here's confirmation of the target, and information about resistance to
> and the FT, which manages to recognize that there are 2 million XOs
> while harping on the missed price point:
> On Thu, Oct 6, 2011 at 11:20 AM, Sean DALY <sdaly.be at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Thanks Christoph
> > I've been watching that and the missing information was what the
> > software offer will be.
> > My impression is that the unit is targeted for older kids and teenagers.
> > Massive connectivity of junior high schools, high schools, and
> > universities throughout India can only help OLPC I think.
> > Sean
> > On Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 6:48 PM, Christoph Derndorfer
> > <e0425826 at student.tuwien.ac.at> wrote:
> >> I'm honestly still not sure what to make of it but it's certainly
> >> disappointing that the battery life is said to be "up to 3 hours"... :-(
> >> Cheers,
> >> Christoph
> >> --
> >> Christoph Derndorfer
> >> editor, OLPC News [www.olpcnews.com]
> >> volunteer, OLPC (Austria) [www.olpc.at]
> >> e-mail: christoph at derndorfer.eu
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