Chavez’s unveils a “Bolivarian” computer. I wonder if it comes with a Che screensaver…
[quote]M?rida, June 12, 2007 ? 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 Tecnol?gica), 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 US$ 690, 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.” [/quote]
For someone who’s accused of trumping freedom of speech, the fact that they use an open OS should be noteworthy. I’m not comfortable with running something obscure on my computer because I can’t know what it’s doing (e.g: Spying on me and talking home which DRM/Paladium practically legalizes). That is, unless you’re the US government or some powerful corporation/lobby, in which case you have access to all the source code you want.
So, hat’s off for Chavez’s government for choosing Linux over the closed source alternatives.