In clarification from rumors or statements to the contrary earlier in the week, the company behind OLPC manufacturing, Quanta, has insisted that everything is running smoothly. They claim they are on track to begin shipments
as they planned next month, and that the “bugs” which troubled their lines were, in fact, nothing.
Or, at least, that they know of no such bugs. This assumes they already have the units in production, though they are not revealing their current manufacturing capacity and how many they have actually rolled out. Even if manufacturing is going smoothly, it is likely that the first batch coming off the lines will be relatively small.
This is good news, and I hope it rings true come next month.