Many observers expect the Raspberry Pi to compete where the One Laptop Per Child effort tried to, without much success. At $25 and $35 price points, it could offer a way for underprivileged children to own reasonably capable computers.*
I can think of several projects for one of these (I have a research project in mind it will be perfect for) ... but a competitor for OLPC is not one of them.
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” - Leonardo da Vinci
"I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts...and beer." - Abraham Lincoln
"... connect the dots instead of assembling a jigsaw puzzle." - Wil Wheaton