One Laptop Per Child wants to provide children around the world with new opportunities to explore, experiment and express themselves.

Their mission:

… to stimulate local grassroots initiatives designed to enhance and sustain over time the effectiveness of laptops as learning tools for children living in lesser-developed countries.

The OLPC laptops run on XO, using components from Red Hat’s Fedora Core 6 version of the Linux operating system. It supports programming environments like Python and Csound, a programmable music and audio environment.

I’m pretty excited to see the children will get to play with tools like TamTam, a music and sound exploration application.

TamTam Edit & synthLab

TamTam Edit (event sequencer) and synthLab (physics lab/sound synth modelled on Max/MSP)

Create Digital Music posts about the 8.5 GB of free, CC-licensed samples and music tools that come with the OLPC laptops.

Plenty of people contributed top-notch sound: the Berklee College of Music, Csound developers around the world, electronica celebrity BT (himself a former Berklee and Boulanger student, among other alums), M-Audio and Digidesign, and the Open Path Music Group.

Since the samples are donated under a Creative Commons Attribution license, you can use these samples as long as you attribute the source (without using the OLPC).


Check the OLPC Wiki for more details about the laptop and the CSound based tools included with OLPC.