Intel not Inside

It's really disappointing that Intel and One Laptop per Child can't work together better to get a laptop into the hands of the world's poorest children. The story of their recent break-up is here.

Meanwhile AMD and Linux are inside and OLPC is alive and kicking.

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Disappointing yes, but maybe we can hope that even if Intel and Microsoft don't see OLPC in their companies' interests, maybe Gordon Moore and Bill Gates will see it in humanity's interest.

Posted by Walter Bays on January 07, 2008 at 08:36 AM CST #

That would be nice but it's not looking good, is it? Let's hope the companies, or the people behind them, wake up and realize there are enough impoverished kids who need a laptop and we don't have to fight over them. What a sad statement though.

Posted by melanie gao on January 07, 2008 at 08:44 AM CST #

Very disappointing end. I hope someone tells the board that earning a nation's good will is better than losing a few million dollars(which is compensated by the free publicity they get in those nations) which is a minor blip in their balance sheet. A classic case is the Tata group in india http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tata_group who despite not being the biggest have enormous respect in the public mind.

Posted by Madhan Kumar on January 08, 2008 at 07:08 AM CST #

Well I know Melanie knows, but just in order to avoid spreading more FUD, AMD is inside and has been inside since the early days. So OLPC is not dead. Intel is just trying to make people believe so.

Posted by fred on January 15, 2008 at 01:19 AM CST #

Good point Fred. You know "Intel not Inside" made for a catchy headline but it could give the wrong impression that nothing is inside. I'll update the post to be more clear. I'm an OLPC fan although I'm worried about the project's future. More about that over a chuan'r perhaps.

Posted by melanie gao on January 15, 2008 at 02:10 AM CST #

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