Liz Gannes at GigaOm reports that Nicholas Negroponte, the father of the One Laptop Per Child Project, has announced that the reference design for the XO laptop's hardware is going to be open sourced.
what Negroponte is going to do is open source the OLPC hardware, he said, and invite competitors to copy it. His hope is that will result in 5 to 6 million OLPC-type laptops per month going to children three years from now.
This is good news not only for netbook manufacturers who have come out with some flimsy hardware in the past, but also for parents who can buy a robust netbook for kids at a fraction of the cost of a regular laptop.
As open source enthusiasts ourselves, we are all for competition bringing down the price for consumers.