Taking Linux Seriously in Nicaragua
A friend just sent me a link to this article about the launch of "Bolivarian Computers" in Venezuela. The important part is:
"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."
That Open Source software is Linux. Other Latin American countries including Brazil and Costa Rica have endorsed and/or supported Linux but, as far as I know, Venezuela is the first to offer an integrated hardware/software solution. (Note that China did this some time ago.)
Is it time for Nicaragua/the Nicaraguan government to seriously get on the Linux bandwagon? The big win is decreasing the amount of foreign exchange being spent on computer hardware and software.