1.8 million XO laptops are now in use

One of the mailing lists I follow is for the Sugar developemnt community. There’s been a debate going on for the past few days about the correct number of XO laptops that have been made.

If you check the various wekis, websites, etc, you’ll get a bunch of different answers. Some count all the ones not yet shipped; others rely on bad data, and others are merely propaganda.

The number they eventually agreed on (as a guesstimate) was 1.8 million XO laptops were actually in the hands of stundents. I’d say that is a lot, considering that it has no marketing budget, brand presence, and the fact these buggers cost around $500 each to deploy.

If you compare it to smartphones, it’s not a lot. But if you compare the XO figures to another niche product like ereaders, then 1.8 million users in only a few years is quite a lot. It’s actually more than some ereader makers have accomplished.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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