Christopher Blizzard, a software developer at Red Hat who is developing the OLPC's Linux operating system, said on his blog that the units are "very close to the final hardware builds of the machine".
Software developers can use the Linux software to test their applications for potential compatibility issues.
The OLPC project aims to provides children in developing nations with access to information and allow them to develop programming skills.
The efforts are centred on a low cost notebook computer designed to function in dusty environments with an irregular power supply.
The project sells its notebooks directly to governments in units of one million, but is not taking any orders until the development of the laptops is finalised.
Nigeria, Libya and Brazil are among the nations that have expressed a strong interest in purchasing the devices.
The notebooks are powered by an AMD processor, and feature a dual-mode screen that operates indoors and in direct sunlight. The device can be recharged with a foot pedal.
The computers are commonly referred to as the $100 Laptop, in a reference to a $100 price tag that the project targeted when it first started working on the design. The first units are likely sell for about $135 to $140.
- A video demonstration of the first working OLPC prototype is available on the Silicon Valley Sleuth blog.
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- OLPC laptops to launch as '2B1'
- Nigeria orders first million OLPC laptops
- Intel takes on One Laptop Per Child project
- Intel blasts $100 laptop
- Gates talks up mobility but slams charity laptop
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