Intel leaves OLPC board

Written by Joe Martin

January 5, 2008 | 05:00

Tags: #board #classmate #laptop #xo

Companies: #intel #olpc

In a move which can best be described as only partially surprising, Intel has announced that it is stepping down from the board behind the OLPC, or One Laptop Per Child, project.

The non-profit OLPC programme and computer mega-company Intel have split after only six months together, apparently because OLPC boss, Nick Negroponte, was pressuring Intel to abandon its own Classmate PC programme. The Classmate and OLPC programmes were clear competitors, with the important distinction being that while the OLPC was completely non-profit, the Classmate was very much a for-profit project.

Gee, when you put it like that then it may have been a bit conflict-of-interest for Intel and OLPC to team up in the first place - especially when you add in that the OLPC runs on AMD hardware.

Anyway, Intel was apparently not ready to throw away the entire Classmate PC platform and has decided to step down from the OLPC project completely.

What do you reckon to the split? Has Intel done the responsible thing or was it a bit sly of them to team up with Negroponte in the first place? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.
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