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OLPC head claims Intel undermined the project

Posted on Thursday, January 10 2008 @ 00:20:35 CET by

BBC talked to Nicholas Negroponte regarding Intel's decision to back away from the OLPC project. Negroponte is pretty harsh on Intel and claims the firm used underhand sales tactics and tried to block contracts:
Professor Negroponte said the firm had left after a series of disputes.

"They were selling laptops with their brand on it directly to exactly the same people we were talking to.

"They would go in even after we had signed contracts and try to persuade government officials to scrap their contract and sign a contract with them instead. That's not a partnership."

Mr Negroponte cited an example in Peru where Intel sales staff tried to persuade the country's vice-minister of education, Oscar Becerra Tresierra, to buy the Intel Classmate PC.

Peru has ordered 270,000 XO laptops from OLPC.

Mr Negroponte said that similar events had happened "time and time and time again".

"Each time it happened they said they would correct their ways. It's a little like cheating on your spouse, or alcoholism, or something you just can't eventually fix and we had to finally part ways."
More at BBC News.



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