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Intel quits OLPC project over conflict of interest

updated 09:00 am EST, Fri January 4, 2008

Intel Quits OLPC Project

The One Laptop Per Child project has revealed that Intel has resigned its position from the non-profit group, ending any further teamwork on future projects. Although it had only joined the group in July, the company has been forced out of the group over its refusal to abandon projects that would directly compete with the XO notebook, which forms the backbone of the OLPC team's efforts. Systems like the Classmate PC are considered unacceptable by OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte both because they may take sales from the OLPC and because they use software other than the XO's custom Linux interface, Intel claims. The Classmate normally uses either a standard version of Linux or Windows XP.

The OLPC team has countered by arguing that it has had little to gain from Intel's collaboration so far. The chipmaker's designs so far have been "half-hearted" and largely a PR maneuver rather than a sincere effort, OLPC president Walter Bender says.

"My expectation was that there's lots of room for cooperation, particularly on software," he adds. "[But] I couldn't get Intel interested in helping me with any of those problems."

Although an Intel-based OLPC is known to have been in the works, this will come to a halt if Intel's departure is permanent, the processor builder says. Part of its rivalry with the OLPC team has been the latter's choice of Geode CPUs from AMD as the core of the XO, potentially damaging Intel's efforts with the Classmate.

By Electronista Staff
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  1. I WAS the One

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    Joined: Mar 2003


    This OLPC idea it's over.

    first the idea was letting any poor intelligent child having a computer for $100.00. Then I don't know what happens but the price raised to $150.00... yesterday I was reading a Times Mag ad saying "Give one get one for less than $400.00" HELLO? the poor children will stay without the opportunity of having a computer and for that price no one will want that green crazy old school iBook design today. It was fine for 150.00... So, the good cause has come to an end. forget about the OLPC ...

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 2004



    Apple doesn't run windows by default.

    Apple is the main platform where you want to dual boot into Windows.

    That's why its an apple thing, allthough it could be called a Linux thing, Apple is much larger in the desktop space, than Linux.

    While a Windows machine could dual boot into Linux...these fu-tars cannot think in that nosebleed techy kind of way...

    its all about needing to dual boot into WINDOWS....

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