Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st May 2007 13:40 UTC, submitted by Laurence
Hardware, Embedded Systems Chip-maker Intel "should be ashamed of itself" for efforts to undermine the USD 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".
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RE[4]: Intel is safer
by brewmastre on Mon 21st May 2007 15:16 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Intel is safer"
brewmastre
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2006-08-01

When I was 10 I started using a PC with DOS, no GUI or similar, and all the same I managed to cope with technological innovation and to learn how to use Windows 95, then 98, XP and now a couple of FOSS GUI and bash. I'm sure that they're adaptable too.


I never said they kids were stupid. In fact some of them will go on to surpass many of us I'm sure. But don't you think that growing up learning something harder like DOS was probably better for you in the long run than to give kids a computer with an extremely limited GUI? Kids, are smart and adaptable, give them the full power of Linux and let them learn and they will go on to do amazing things. Don't shelter them with some Preschool interface.

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RE[5]: Intel is safer
by GhePeU on Mon 21st May 2007 15:23 in reply to "RE[4]: Intel is safer"
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2005-07-06

I never said they kids were stupid. In fact some of them will go on to surpass many of us I'm sure. But don't you think that growing up learning something harder like DOS was probably better for you in the long run than to give kids a computer with an extremely limited GUI? Kids, are smart and adaptable, give them the full power of Linux and let them learn and they will go on to do amazing things. Don't shelter them with some Preschool interface.

That's exactly what sugar is: a simple interface which every child can manage quickly without prior experience AND the full sources available by simply pressing a key, so that the children can modify them, create new activities by watching the source of the default ones and share them with the others.

Edited 2007-05-21 15:24

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RE[5]: Intel is safer
by Windows Sucks on Mon 21st May 2007 16:39 in reply to "RE[4]: Intel is safer"
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2005-11-10

The key here is not the interface, but access to Learning. On top of that it's Linux. It's not hard coded to some interface that you can't change etc.

The cool thing about it having Linux is that you CAN hack it and change it etc.

As the times change and these kids grow up almost everything will be on the web, no one will care what interface you have and use as long as you can do your work and that work will be web based.

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