MISTICA: Brazil attacks digital divide with $300 computer

From: Roberto Roggiero (
Date: Thu Mar 08 2001 - 11:04:33 AST

Interesante inicitiva del Brasil por producir una computadora de bajo costo.
Roberto Roggiero

Subject: Brazil attacks digital divide with $300 Volkscomputer
Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2001 03:19:00 +0500
From: "Irfan Khan" <>

[with thanks to SDNP NIT Observatory, 05 March 2001]

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) -- Hard disk? Who needs it?
Floppy drive? Surplus! Windows? Send to trash!

The small, transparent acrylic box sitting in Sergio Vale Campos' office at
the Federal University of Minas Gerais has none of the above basics, but it
is still a computer.

What's more important in Brazil, where the digital divide is a gaping
abyss, the machine's lack of frills should mean it can be produced
for about 600 reals, or $300. It is a PC for the people, a Volkscomputer.

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