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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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Similarities here
By cheetah2k on 5/22/2007 4:17:20 AM , Rating: 0
Intel and Microsoft.

Its interesting to see the similarities here. Both are richly resourced, with massive budgets with huge capital, and cant help themselves picking on the smaller companies.

Its like David and Goliath, except Goliath is wielding a double gauged shot gun...




RE: Similarities here
By Justin Case on 5/22/2007 4:16:08 PM , Rating: 2
It's not just the similarities. One of the fundamental difference between the OLPC and Intel's "Classmate" is that the latter has support for... you guessed it, Microsoft Windows. So it wouldn't surprise me if Microsoft and Intel were both behind the anti-OLPC propaganda.

Can you imagine if millions of 3rd world children get used to a system that isn't made by Microsoft?

Steve Ballmer with HAL 9000 voice: "I'm afraid I cannot allow that to happen."


RE: Similarities here
By cheetah2k on 5/23/2007 2:40:48 AM , Rating: 2
Well that just widens my case. The OLPC using a cut down version of Linux. And M$ is currently seeking royalties from Linux for patent infringement. I mean for F#$K sake, why didnt M$ take em to the cleaners 5 years ago???

Dell: " we now use Linux"
OLPC: "our laptop uses Linux"
M$: "Oh, Linux is getting popular! We better go hit em with patent infringement now!!"

After all, it was M$ who didnt want to support the US$100 OLPC initiative, not the other way round.



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