Intel Quits OLPC Board Over Pressure to Kill Classmate PC

Intel resigned from the One Laptop Per Child Project's board of directors after refusing a request to abandon its Classmate PC program, according to a source familiar with the situation. Intel's departure from OLPC's board means that an effort to build a version of the project's XO laptop based on an Intel processor is over, the source said.

Intel's Classmate PC is a low-cost laptop designed for students in developing countries and competes against OLPC's XO laptop, which is based on a microprocessor from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). Intel and OLPC agreed in July to work together on the development of technology for low-cost laptops and to stop disparaging each other's laptop offerings.

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At least the Classmate PC actually looks like a laptop and not some hideous Fischer-Price toy. Is that a crank?

I still don't get the idea of this "one child, one laptop".
If I was a child in those poor country, the first thing came to my mind was what I was gonna eat or drink tomorrow.

Also, OLPC wants to give poor children a low cost laptop. Intel also provide the Classmate PC as low cost also. Why it is the big deal for OLPC? ... because they cannot make profit!!!
lolz... charity my azz ...

They're poor there, not starving, as was said above. Anyways, it is just as important to feed the mind as it is to feed the body. If you don't give them the tools they will go on forever without the means to be self-sufficient.

With OLPC the child gets to keep it at no cost to them, with Intel the school keeps them and they are not allowed to take them home either. Believe it or not, but profit is not everything there is. Maybe if more people realized this the USA wouldn't be in the mess it is in now.

Foub said,
They're poor there, not starving, as was said above. Anyways, it is just as important to feed the mind as it is to feed the body. If you don't give them the tools they will go on forever without the means to be self-sufficient.

With OLPC the child gets to keep it at no cost to them, with Intel the school keeps them and they are not allowed to take them home either. Believe it or not, but profit is not everything there is. Maybe if more people realized this the USA wouldn't be in the mess it is in now.

Ok .... so what the deal that Intel has to stop selling their low cost PC? ... How that will affect the OLPC plan?

MDboyz said,
Ok .... so what the deal that Intel has to stop selling their low cost PC? ... How that will affect the OLPC plan?

Intel was directly competing with them and they would have an inside view and thus a conflict of interests.

Foub said,

Intel was directly competing with them and they would have an inside view and thus a conflict of interests.


Remember you said OLPC gives out the PC at no cost, so why they need to worry. If people have money to buy from Intel, let them. The only thing they worry about a conflict of interests" is the profit.

MDboyz said,
Remember you said OLPC gives out the PC at no cost, so why they need to worry. If people have money to buy from Intel, let them. The only thing they worry about a conflict of interests" is the profit.

I see that you just aren't getting it. It is governments which are buying the systems, not the individuals there. When it comes to profits the best interests of the people aren't important and Intel will do immoral things to make sure that they get that market for themselves at the cost of the children. They're being economic socio-paths in that they see nothing wrong in making a profit by any means.

There is the recent case of Microsoft bribing an African government official to use Windows on their systems even after these officials had already signed a contract with a company to provide Linux to them. Luckily they managed to get them to honor their contract afterward.

Intel works out $73 out of $100 for both processor and motherboard?

Nah not profitable enough, so to pull the plug lets blame AMD involvement for it.

Corporate greed, that one reason I love AMD. Cheap and does the job.

swandike said,
Intel works out $73 out $100 for both processor and motherboard?

Nah not profitable enough, so to pull the plug lets blame AMD involvement for it.

Corporate greed, that one reason I love AMD. Cheap and does the job.

rofl idiot.

At the moment, intel is cheaper than AMD. and learn to not use the size function, cuz rather than making your point, you're looking more like an idiot

In Uk, AMD chips are cheaper...And has always been cheaper for the same speed and performance.

Intel will cost an arm and leg. They are just greedy....

As noble as the OLPC idea is, I think it will only end up contributing to the landfills of the under-advantaged countries that it targets. Poor children need food, medicine, shelter and protection from evil adults, not computers.

Like the saying goes; "If you give a man a fish you feed him for a day, teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime..." This laptop program is a fishing line..... Some just don't see this.

Foub said,
Like the saying goes; "If you give a man a fish you feed him for a day, teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime..." This laptop program is a fishing line..... Some just don't see this.

Exactly! Agreed 100%!

winmoose said,
Plus, these laptops go to countries where people are poor, not where they are starving.

Who else but poor people starve? If you're not poor, you don't starve, you buy food.

GreyWolfSC said,
Who else but poor people starve? If you're not poor, you don't starve, you buy food.

Or else they could just eat cake.

There is a big difference between being poor and starving. I'm poor yet I'm not starving. Are the poor people in the USA starving as well? Americans, on average, consume 5 times what most other people in the world consumes.

Intel wanted its cake and to eat it as well. This means that they wanted a part of the OLPC program and still compete with it also. Its sort of like selling weapons to both sides at the same time.