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Brazilian government will support US$ 200 Net PC running Linux

Feb 01, 2001, 15:19 (14 Talkback[s])


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[ Thanks to Alexsander da Rosa for this announcement. ]

As announced by Pimenta da Veiga, Minister of Communications (Brazil), a Net PC costing R$ 400 (around US$ 200) will be available to brazilians in 120 days. It targets low-income users, and a 24-month paying plan will be considered.

The computer will be a Pentium 500 MHz, with keyboard, mouse, NIC, 56 Kbps modem, 14" display, 64 Mb RAM and no hard disk (16 Mb flash RAM instead). The main-board architecture (developed by UFMG) will be open, allowing any company to make it. It will run Linux (probably Conectiva) with KDE, KOffice and Konqueror.

The links are below (in portuguese):
http://www.terra.com.br/informatica/2001/01/31/009.htm (Specification)
http://www.terra.com.br/informatica/2001/01/31/014.htm (Open Software)
http://www.terra.com.br/informatica/imagem/imagem.htm (Picture)