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Intel waves goodbye to OLPC

Barely six months after joining the OLPC project, Intel announced that it is leaving. The OLPC people wanted Intel to stop work on any products that are likely to compete with the OLPC. Which basically means that contrary to what the OLPC people were claiming–that it was not about the laptop but rather about education–is clearly not so. If indeed it was about education, wouldn’t they have welcomed more and varied efforts by others in the same game?

  • krishraghav

    No. Notice that it was the Intel spokesperson who claimed that as the reason for Intel’s departure.

    Intel has been pushing their own Classmate PC, bundled with proprietary software (compared to the OLPCs open-source), and the OLPC itself has rejected using Intel chips in their laptops (because they consume much higher power than was desirable), and have chosen Intel’s arch rivals AMD for the job.

    The split was inevitable, and this is just mudslinging on Intel’s part.

    OLPC does not want Intel to ‘stop work on any products that are likely to compete with the OLPC.’ Their philosophy, as a non-profit education initiative is clearly different from Intel’s.

  • http://jihadwatch.org/ Notsure

    Intel joining and leaving had a lot to do with intel trying to get OLPC to switch away from AMD.

    Krishraghav
    AMDs in it for the profit too.

    IMO
    one could easily look at the amound of soda kids in US consume and educational subsidy of 1 can of soda/child/day.
    That will cause the rest of them to burp up innovative ideas like the western(not quite true for its only japanese are also leader in innovation
    (despite aging workforce)

  • http://jihadwatch.org/ Notsure

    Atanu,
    wrote “If indeed it was about education, wouldn’t they have welcomed more and varied efforts by others in the same game?”

    I disagree with him here and Agree with Krishraghav in that
    OLPC does not stop any one from buying any one elses idea.
    Nor does OLPC have any leverage to do so.

  • http://sudhanshuraheja.com sudhanshuraheja

    As if being for-profit is blasphemy..

    OLPC wants the competition to stop making inexpensive laptops because they (olpc) are non-profit. Not to say that their ex-CTO does not think so anymore. (and laid the seeds for a new for-profit)

    Anyways, the Intel laptop is actually costlier than the OLPC one. So maybe getting together with Olpc was a misjudgment on Intel’s part, but looks like they have fixed it now.

    Moreover, I heard over at Fakestevejob, that OLPC refused to share sales figures for a project the claim was successful.

    Atanu has always maintained this stance, and I believe he has always been right.