Friday, January 4
The news of the week must surely be that Intel, that giant of processors, has pulled out from the One Laptop Per Child project (OLPC).
There is not much information out about why, but it seems like Intel were being pressurised into stopping their own, alternative projects which they were unhappy about. or at least that is how Intel tells it.
Is this significant?
Well, yes, given that Intel dominate the current laptop market, though early versions of XO, the mean, green, OLPC machine were not using an Intel chip anyway, so this may not be a problem in the short term.
Still - it is one step backwards for joint working and co-development.
If you didn't already know, OLPC is the amazing group of people championing super-green, ruggedized, cheap laptops for learning. (See the BBC's technology factfile for the low down)
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