OLPC XO-1 is in the hands of over 1 million children in third world countries. It could grow to several millions this year. Do you have any idea what that represents? It's over 10 thousand schools in Uruguay, Peru, Mexico, Birmingham, Haiti, Afghanistan, Mongolia, Rwanda, Nepal, Ethiopia, Oceania, Paraguay, Cambodia, Guatemala, Colombia, Brazil, Lebanon, Ghana, South Africa, Thailand, India, Niue, Iraq, each of those countries have up to hundreds of thousands of OLPC XO-1 as of today and each of their politicians trying to find funds to fund millions more. In all from large city schools to thousands and thousands of small schools in villages.
I can assure you that none of those countries have children walking around with Asus Eee computers, even less any Intel powered classmate computer or anything like that.
Intel chose to compete against OLPC instead of working with OLPC, which resulted in an Intel dominated for-profit first world commercial distribution of Intel Netbooks competing against a non-profit University developed, Government sponsored which targets mainly the poor third world countries, which is the whole point of OLPC, to bridge the digital divide.
The only point of Intel so far is to provide a secondary laptop for rich adults in rich countries. That is why Intel and Microsoft carefully limits screen size, RAM, graphics, storage, disk drives and other features on netbooks. It is a careful monopolistic an desperate attempt by Intel to try to keep control on the bulk of the laptop market while the inevitable eventually happens, Intel and Microsoft will loose their monopolistic grip on the market. The business as usual in Silicon Valley is finished. Intel executives could see it coming, but as is their fiduciary obligation, they try to stay in monopolistic control on the laptop market for as long as they could. Even if they can delay the inevitable non-profit laptop using free open source software and hardware revolution, even if Intel can delay that just another couple years. For Intel execs it is worth delaying the reach of technology to poor people that desperately need it in their under developed societies.
I think what Intel has done is criminal, cause billions of children are growing older without a fair society around them, without a fair access to knowledge and forcing them to live in pollution and chaos. Intel and Microsoft execs though live in their fiduciary bubble in the Silicon Valley, and all they have been thinking about is doing everything they could to keep their control on profits and profit margins of the market. Though the market solves nothing other than the rate in which their filthy pocketbooks can expand with more money and power.