Intel could be using the open-source Sugar UI used in the OLPC for their Classmate laptops – according to Walter Bender.
Bender, the former president of the OLPC's software and content and a founder of Sugar Labs, revealed in an interview that the company was working with Intel on the Classmate – its own educational low-cost laptop.
"A community volunteer is working with Intel on Sugar for the Classmate PC. Sugar Labs helped to expedite the relationship," said Bender.
Such a move would be an enormous boon for Sugar – which has been under fire since the OLPC project headed up by Nicholas Negroponte criticised the development process as a weakness after announcing that Windows XP would also be available on the XO laptop.
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Sugar Labs has been attempting to refine (ahem) Sugar's development, and if it can count Intel among its supporters the future of the open source project would be assured.