The legendary $100 laptop is finally going into large scale production, with the first deliveries planned for October.

Of course, there are a few kinks. The cost of the device is higher than $100, currently set at $176. And OLPC seems to be attracting larger numbers of critics as the reality of the device comes closer.

But everyone at Intel and elsewhere needs to remember what the founder of this program, Nicholas Negroponte, is constantly saying: “It’s an education project, not a laptop project.”

If the leaders of the One Laptop Per Child project are sticking to their original plan, this means they’ve received at least three million orders.

It will be fun to watch the impact of that many little green communication machines on the educational life of kids who don’t even know what a textbook is.

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