A new inititive by the Brazillian government will see low cost KDE based computers on sale throughout the country from next week. The Computers for All scheme will bring "cheap and accessible" computers following a recent law cutting taxes and encouraging affordable financing for low income buyers of computers preinstalled with Free Software operating systems. Several companies are involved in the scheme with most using KDE desktops. The Ministry of Science hopes for half a million machines to be sold in the next 4 to 6 months.
Brazilian company Positivo will start to deploy 2,500 machines a month next week installed with an OEM KDE desktop based on Mandriva. They expect to reach 10,000 sales per month by the end of this year.
"With this partnership with Mandriva Conectiva we keep our philosophy to offer home users easy to use products created and represented by companies with credibility and unquestionable reliability.", says Hélio Rotenberg, director of Positivo Informática.
The company has sold 10,000 computers in the last few months with KDE based distribution Insigne, before changing to Mandriva.