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.