One Education has a sustainable business model and has raised millions of dollars, Srikhanta said. It is fulfilling orders from Australian schools, and there is interest from distributors in South America, Africa and the U.K.
Also, many XO laptops are out of date, and these devices could replace them. But cheap Windows laptops are already available, and Chromebooks -- which can be acquired for under $300 -- are being used by many schools, which poses a big challenge for One Education.
But nonprofits can succeed in the hardware market -- Raspberry Pi is a prime example. Meanwhile, Srikantha says One Education remains committed to hardware development.
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