It's probably because most people, myself included, don't care if OLPC does truly amazing
things. We (allow myself to speak for everybody ;) only care that the XO works well.
Frankly, I think most of this bad press has been due to Negroponte himself. The guy changes
his position every 3 months and explains himself only in vaguest non-statements (the most
recent ones about fundamentalist open source guys were particularly awesome). His position on
just about everything practical is unclear. Except on selling the XO in the first world, the
only market that's shown solid, organic success: he's against that!
OLPC needs to hire a good PR team to clean up NN's message and the company's positioning. The
press coverage has just been getting worse and worse and I really don't think it's due to some
sort of Asus/Intel consipiracy.