May 24, 2007 at 7:46 am | Posted in Nicholas Negreponte, olpc, one laptop per child | Leave a comment

Ο γνωστός ελληνικής καταγωγής Νick Negreponte του OLPC μίλησε στην ενημερωτική εκπομπή του CBS 60minutes (60 λεπτά) σχετικά με το λάπτοπ των 100$ δολαρίων… (link σε video από το CBS)

Aυτό που κάνει περισσότερο εντύπωση είναι η αντίδραση του Negreponte στο Classmate PC (που σε συνεργασία με την Mandriva μπορεί να τρέξει πάνω του πέρα από τα XP και Linux) της Intel καθώς καταγγέλλει την Intel για αθέμιτο ανταγωνισμό.

Από το ανάλογο άρθρο του CBS News στο διαδίκτυο αντιγράφω σχετικό απόσπασμα.

“Intel and AMD fight viciously,” Negroponte says.” And we’re just sort of caught in the middle.”

To prove that Intel has targeted his machine, Negroponte gave us some documents Intel sent to the government of Nigeria.

When Stahl shows those documents to Barrett, he says, “This is an Intel marketing document – there’s no question about that.”

One document outlines the “shortcomings of the One Laptop Per Child approach” and lists the supposedly stronger points of the Classmate.

“So somebody at Intel sees this as direct competition, clearly,” Stahl says to the Intel chairman.
“Well, someone at Intel was comparing the Classmate pc with another device being offered in the marketplace,” Barrett responds. “That’s the way our business works.”

For Nicholas Negroponte it’s not just business – it’s personal. It’s about his dream, his baby.

“Has Intel hurt you and the mission?” Stahl asks.

“Yes, Intel has hurt the mission enormously,” Negroponte says.

These laptops are prototypes. To get them into mass production, Negroponte needs at least 3 million orders which he thought he’d have by now. But so far he has lots of promises but no definite orders.

And he blames Intel. He spends almost all his time – about 330 days a year he says – lobbying government officials, going from one country to the next.

He says he’s confident he’ll get his orders, even though he’s about to face even more competition as other companies are working on low-cost laptops.

Εάν οι εν λόγω κατηγορίες του Nick επαληθευθούν είναι ενδεικτικό του ειδικού βάρους που έχει η εν λόγω πρωτοβουλία καθώς πρέπει να τονίσουμε ότι μιλάμε για εκατομμύρια τυποποιημένων υπολογιστών που θα έχει σαν συνέπεια τεράστια μείωση του κόστους (σε βάθος χρόνου) σε απάρτια όχι μόνο των εν λόγω μαθητικών υπολογιστών αλλά και σε εμπορικά μηχανήματα.

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