Whatever the reason — lackluster sales or a true "outpouring of support from the public," according to Nicholas Negroponte — the One Laptop Per Child project will be extending its Give One, Get One program until the end of the year.
For $400, you can buy two OLPC machines. You get one, and a deserving child in a far away land gets one. I think it would make sense to just keep this program going for a long, long time instead of making the units unavailable to the general public next year. Sure, it’d free up more OLPCs to go directly abroad but the current program lets people over here foot the entire bill and help out those less fortunate. Seems like a win-win.
OLPC Extends ‘Give One, Get One’ Program [PC World]