[Venezuelanalysis.com's Chris Carlson reports on the Venezuelan government's launch of their "Bolivarian Computers" earlier this month. The computers are produced in Venezuela with Chinese technology and will run the open-source Linux operating system. They will first be used
inside the government "missions" and state companies and institutions
but eventually are expected to be sold across Venezuela and Latin
The Bolivarian computer, model VIT C2660
Venezuela Launches Sale of "Bolivarian" Computers
By Chris Carlson - Venezuelanalysis.com
June 12, 2007
Mérida, June 12, 2007 (venezuelanalysis.com)— The Venezuelan government of President Hugo Chavez announced the launch of their "Bolivarian Computers" last week, consisting of four different models produced in Venezuela with Chinese technology. The new computers will run the open-source Linux operating system and will first be used inside the government "missions" and state companies and institutions but eventually are expected to be sold across Venezuela and Latin America.
Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez presented the new machines to the public last week at an event in the state of Falcon as he donated them to a school there. The new computers are produced by the joint venture VIT (Venezuela de Industria Tecnológica), which is owned by the Chinese company Lang Chao and the Venezuelan Ministry of Light Industry and Commerce.
"The price of other similar brands is US$ 930, and the price of our computer is almost 40% less," explained President Chavez. "But, in addition, it has an added value, given that it comes with open-source software and a three year guarantee, while other brands only offer one year."
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