Intel's brief partnership with the One Laptop Per Child project has officially ended.
According to multiple reports , mostly following The Wall Street Journal, Intel and OLPC head Nicholas Negroponte split over one irreconcilable difference. Negroponte wanted Intel to kill its Classmate PC when it was part of the OLPC.
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OLPC's XO laptop runs on an AMD chip. According to Intel, the OLPC and Intel approaches just didn't mesh. Intel said there was more than one solution. OLPC hasn't commented.
Frankly, it's a little unclear what exactly happened, but Intel has its side of the story out. If it played out as Intel describes the breakup doesn't make a lot of sense. Why would Negroponte expect Intel to drop Classmate just because it's working with the OLPC? As Christopher Dawson notes the Classmate is a fine choice.
Is Microsoft going to drop Windows XP for Linux because it's working with the OLPC?
The Intel pullout is likely to set a face-off between the Classmate and XO and the FUD that's likely to emerge isn't necessary given the mission. On the bright side, there will be lots of competition now. Also see Dawson's ideal education ultraportable.