OLPC Official Challenges Michael Dell

Walter Bender, the One Laptop Per Child program's director of software, said he invites Dell CEO Michael Dell to help figure out how to better use 125 million computers that are discarded annually.

Walter Bender, the One Laptop Per Child programs director of software, told DesktopLinux.com on July 13 that he invites Dell Computer founder and CEO Michael Dell to help figure out how to better use 125 million computers that are discarded annually because they are archaic.

Bender was responding to statements by Dell, who said earlier this week that he doesnt think that making inexpensive laptops for underprivileged kids is very helpful. The so-called $100 laptops the OLPC is building and distributing "wont be powerful enough to make much of a difference in their lives," Dell said.

"The issue is not so much what does it cost, but what does it do," Dell said during a question-and-answer session with customers and finalists of the Dell/National Federation of Independent Business Small-Business Excellence Award.

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