The One Laptop Per Child group is starting to send out test models of the new XO-1.5 laptop to members of their Contributors Program. The XO-1.5 is an updated version of the original XO laptop. The main difference is that the new model replaces the AMD Geode CPU with a faster VIA C7-M processor.

Unfortunately, it’s still pretty tough for the average Joe to get his hands on an XO-1.5. They’re not available for sale through retail channels, and even if you’re a contributor to the OLPC project, Wayan Vota at OLPC News points out that you still may not actually receive one of the new test models.

OLPC does say that volunteers doing outreach and advocacy work can submit a proposal for a free laptop. But something tells me you’ll have a little competition from other advocates trying to get their hands on an XO-1.5 the same way.

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