Setbacks for OLPC — the gorilla’s woke up

I’ve been hoping the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project will be successful. Seems like a noble goal. It is interesting how “noble goals” can quickly turn into “business threats”.

The WSJ reported earlier this week that MSFT and Intel have decided to act on the threat of the third world deploying Linux and non-Intel CPUs.

Mr. Negroponte’s ambitious plan has been derailed, in part, by the power of his idea. For-profit companies threatened by the projected $100 price tag set off at a sprint to develop their own dirt-cheap machines, plunging Mr. Negroponte into unexpected competition against well-known brands such as Intel Corp. and Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating system.

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