Intel pulls out of One Laptop Per Child Project.
It would seem that a 'philisophical difference' between Intel and the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Project has ended in divorce. It was well known that whilst Intel was on the board of the OLPC project, it was also touting its own solution, the Classmate as a rival. As previously posted this culminated in two seperate projects in a single area of Nigeria, one with OLPC, the other with Intel.
It is reported that the OLPC project asked Intel to end its charitable deployment of the Classmate in favour of rallying around the OLPC offering. Intel, it would seem prefers its own offering! I think both have value, but the quantity of devices shipped by OLPC is what ensures a low cost. I must admit I would love to see the developing countries have a concerted offer. I think there is greater value for Intel in working to support low price computers for education in developed countries like the UK (along the lines of the RM Asus Minibook).