'$100 laptop' sparks war of words

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Chip-maker Intel "should be ashamed of itself" for efforts to undermine the $100 laptop initiative, according to its founder Nicholas Negroponte.

He accused Intel of selling its own cut-price laptop - the Classmate - below cost to drive him out of markets.

Professor Negroponte, who aims to distribute millions of laptops to kids in developing countries, said Intel had hurt his mission "enormously".

Speaking to US broadcaster CBS, Intel's chairman denied the claims.

"We're not trying to drive him out of business," said Craig Barrett. "We're trying to bring capability to young people."

Mr Barrett has previously dismissed the $100 laptop as a "gadget".

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6675833.stm

This is the problem with peaple from everywhere. This $100 laptop was currently shown in my country too and lost of people find it useless. I think the best thing of this laptop is that it is made specially for learning. Has lots of learning tools, but it is not good enough to put any games or other software that could switch the attention of kids who will eventually receive this. The other thing is that somebody is going to be much richer after a business with these quite cheap laptops.
But also is true that you can buy relatively good, used laptops for a little more than $100.
 
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