I don’t think this is particularly encouraging news, but maybe I’m wrong here. The folks behind the One Laptop Per Child initiative are saying that they are going to open source their hardware design for version 2. You’ll remember the design we’ve seen with the dual screen approach.
According to an interview in the Guardian linked to by Mobile Devices Today, Nicholas Negroponte and friends are thinking more along the lines of creating a reference design for the next generation and not the hardware itself.
"One important thing about the XO-2 is that we’re going to do it as an open source hardware programme. The XO-1 was really designed as if we were Apple. The XO-2 will be designed as if we were Google – we’ll want people to copy it. We’ll make the constituent parts available. We’ll try and get it out there using the exact opposite approach that we did with the XO-1."
We’ve still got a long time to wait to see how this develops but something tells me the reference design approach will push the expected 18 months a little longer.