Intel and OLPC: Friends that Fight like Brothers
November 1, 2007 3:27 PM
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Intel's Classmate and the OLPC XO notebook fight it out in the market place despite partnership
When the One Laptop per Child Foundation first proposed the $100 laptop aimed at developing nations, it wasn’t long before Intel came along with its own super low cost laptop aimed at the same demographic
called the Classmate PC
For a while, the
OLPC XO laptop and the Classmate from Intel were bitter rivals
. That rivalry ended when the OLPC allowed Intel to sit on its board of directors and Intel invested cash into the project. What seems strange is that while Intel and the OLPC Foundation are now partners to some extent, the XO and Classmate laptops still fight it out in the marketplace.
recently that Uruguay purchased 100,000 XO Laptops and optioned an additional 300,000 XO laptops. Many wondered if the
production delays for the XO laptop
would make it possible for the OLPC Foundation to fill the 100,000 XO order for Uruguay.
reported that Libya had purchased 150,000 of Intel’s Classmate notebooks
powered by Microsoft Windows. Just a few weeks ago Libya had agreed to buy one million XO Laptops for the OLPC Foundation meaning in the closing hours of the XO deal Intel managed to steal the show.
Intel declined to comment on the price of the Classmate notebooks purchased by Libya, but did say it had not subsidized the cost of the machines. The Classmate notebook was first said to be priced at $250.
also reported that Libya has agreed to purchase the Classmate notebook rather than the XO laptop.
It remains to be seen if the new ASUS Eee PC notebook can also compete in this worldwide market for ultra-low cost notebook computers. ASUS promised
versions of the Eee PC at $199 retail
, even though the first units to hit the market here in the U.S. are
priced at a much higher $399
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sure, just throw some laptops at those kids!
11/2/2007 9:46:26 AM
I'm really skeptical of this program. How is giving laptops to children gonna help them? Are they gonna be used in schools or what? What about people to go with the laptops to teach the children?
I guess you could load them up with pirated textbooks and whatnot so you have a lovely portable textbook machine. But the whole hoopla over these things is mind-blowing. Most classrooms in the U.S. may have some computers but they're used as supplements to the main teaching, as diagnostic tools and other learning aids, and occasionaly as recreational devices. I'll admit I'm quite ignorant when it comes to the education infrastructure in place in the countries that are purchaing these things, but what comes to mind is "what the hell are they gonna do with 'em?'
I can see kids cranking away to keep them powered up with one kid surfing pr0n or playing shiz on pogo.
anybody wanna help enlighten me on how these are gonna help? I'll listen.
RE: sure, just throw some laptops at those kids!
11/2/2007 6:19:15 PM
Sure it allows third world children easier access to porn. At least the pilot program kids in Africa.
"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -- Isaac Asimov
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