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Linux in Brazil: Brazilian Government Will Update Its Tax-Exempt Linux Computers Initiative

Feb 02, 2007, 22:00 (2 Talkback[s])

"A nice idea turned into a pirated software magnet? Users were replacing their pre-installed Linux with unlicensed Windows copies, and some of the reasons for these defections were addressed by today’s announcement. But there are many other open issues still waiting for an answer.

"Computador para Todos is a government project that offers special tax exemptions and lines of credit for popular (low end) computer makers in Brazil, as long as the computers are sold with Linux and an array of 26 pre-installed free software common applications, like a word processor, an e-mail client and other apps surely found in most Linux distros. The tax exemption is only valid if the PC is sold for less than R$ 1200 (about US$ 550), retail..."

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