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OLPC founder, Negroponte, has a few words for Intel on low-cost laptops

Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the "One Laptop Per Child" initiative, accused chip maker Intel of undermining the OLPC by selling its own cut-price laptop, the Classmate.  Negroponte claims that Intel is trying to drive him out of the market.

According to BBC, Negroponte said that Intel hurt his mission in trying to distribute laptops to kids in developing countries "enormously".  Intel's chairman, Craig Barrett, has denied all claims of undercutting Negroponte's mission, stating, "We're not trying to drive [him] out of business. We're trying to bring capability to young people."

Though the hardware specifications differ between Intel’s low-cost laptops and Negroponte's, OLPC founder believes that the main problem is that his machines use AMD processors, Intel's main competitor. "Intel and AMD fight viciously," he told CBS. "We're just sort of caught in the middle."

Professor Negroponte also claimed that Intel has distributed marketing literature to governments entailing negative aspects of the One Laptop Per Child and outlining superior aspects of the Classmate.  Some of the literature had titles such as "the shortcomings of the One Laptop per Child approach".  Intel responded by saying that it was just making comparisons between the Classmate PC and the other device in the market.

Countries have until May 31 to place their orders for the first round of PCs.  The launch price will be $175 but the goal is to get them down to $100 each.  Intel is taking orders for the Classmate for over $200 each.

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RE: Economics 101
By kemche on 5/21/2007 7:28:49 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with you on this.

Isn't the OLPC's goal is to provide every child with a laptop. Why do they care where it comes from. As long as child has access to a laptop that should satisfy him. I think he should welcome Intel's move.


RE: Economics 101
By kitchme on 5/21/2007 8:38:55 PM , Rating: 2
Unless Intel's main goal is to drive OLPC (with AMD's cpu) out of business. Once that's accomplished, Intel COULD perhaps choose to fade out from that market or have a total monopoly if the market is profitable enough. Now, that's not a healthy competition where the consumer would have a better and cheaper product.

RE: Economics 101
By borowki on 5/21/07, Rating: 0
RE: Economics 101
By smitty3268 on 5/21/2007 10:15:20 PM , Rating: 4
Yes, and it was all planned out on our secret moon base by the aliens who are really in charge of our government and behind the 9/11 plot...

Then again, maybe they just want to help poor children???

Nah, couldn't be that.

RE: Economics 101
By borowki on 5/22/2007 8:27:35 AM , Rating: 2
We ARE helping them in protecting their way of life. Without our guidance, these poor people will just imitate us and lose their own unique cultral identity. They'd buy a real PC and teach themselves how to use Excel. With a OLPC laptop, they can compose music with the TamTam software, and in doing so, becoming closer in touch with their spiritual selves and the rhythm of nature.

"Let's face it, we're not changing the world. We're building a product that helps people buy more crap - and watch porn." -- Seagate CEO Bill Watkins
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