Saturday, October 22, 2005

Move over Dell 

Courtesy of the Lubrio blog we see that the new inexpensive computers that Venezuela will be manufacturing were unveiled:

The models shown were made in China and have Microsoft Windows (what kind of #$!%*# is that!). Not to worry, the computers made in Venezuela will use Linux as their operating system. The laptops will cost between $735 and $850. The desktops will cost between $350 and $427. While these prices are certainly less than a standard computer costs they are still beyond the reach of many Venezuelans. I would expect that many of them will be purchased by schools and government offices. Some may be purchased by the ubiquitous cyber cafes but I doubt many will be as those tend to double as gaming machines and these computers would not be up to that task.

In any event, this is a good industrial collaboration between China and Venezuela. Undoubtedly, the reason for China to be involved in this is to curry favor with Venezuela in the hopes of getting access to Venezuelan oil and other natural resources. As the benefits to Venezuela from these types of collaborations are undeniable hopefully Venezuela will keep leveraging its energy resources in this way. More jobs, more technology, and less expensive products are something you just can’t get enough of.


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