Chris Blizzard's talk today about the OLPC covered the question that
everyone from the FOSS world (apparently) asks: can I have one. It's
very true that even if you got 50,000 people wanting an OLPC (or whatever
the actual thing is called), that's peanuts to delivering 20 times that
number to one nation alone. However, the 50,000 number is being bandied
around - what if there was a website for people to register their
interest? And they could say how many they wanted? The more that
people spread the word, the more people might find more uses for them.
Entire classes or schools in first-world countries could sign up,
whereas they would currently be denied. That's got to be good, right?
Things like PledgeBank
easy to get a good feel for how many people are interested in doing
something - why not do something like that for the OLPC and see what the
real interest from the people is?