Friday, July 13, 2007

Intel befriends OLPC program

Intel, an adversary for the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program until recently, has agreed to join hands with Nicholas Negroponte to bring PCs to children around the world. When the OLPC program was launched, Craig Barrett, Intel's CEO, derided OLPC's 'XO' machine as just a 'gadget'. But Intel themselves recently launched a Classmate PC whose design is much more naive than its competitor XO, while selling it for a whopping $225 as opposed to XO's $100.

Intel has now not only agreed to be on the board of OLPC, but also support and fund the program actively. Intel now joins AMD, Google and Red Hat in this effort. The computers that will be reaching children around the world this autumn will, nevertheless, be made of AMD processors. Some suspect Intel's move as a step in pushing AMD off its pedestal.

I say, as long as the children around the world benefit, who cares about these brand wars.

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