On Monday One Laptop per Child (OLPC) founder Nicholas Negroponte claimed that one of the reasons for tensions resulting in Intel leaving the OLPC board was that the chip giant had "disparaged" OLPC XO laptops to partners and potential buyers. Negroponte claimed Intel had attempted to discredit XO laptops, despite having signed a non-disparagement agreement.
"Since joining the OLPC board of directors in July, Intel has violated its written agreement with OLPC several times," claimed Negroponte in a statement. "Intel continued to disparage the XO laptop in developing nations that had already decided to partner with OLPC (Uruguay and Peru), with countries that were in the midst of choosing a laptop solution (Brazil and Nigeria), and even small and remote places where Intel has no real interest (Mongolia)."
Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy on Monday denied the claims. "Intel signed a non-disparagement agreement, but we did not break any agreement with OLPC," he told ZDNet Australia sister site ZDNet.co.uk.
Intel and OLPC had experienced "some tension" in Nigeria, Mulloy said, but declined to get into specifics.
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