Schools from Brazil will receive about 3000 Debian GNU/Linux based computers, with four multimedia terminals, as the Ministry of Education is willing to buy them for 3000 rural schools. The computers will have compatible printers and 36 months contractual support. This is not the first time when the Ministry of Education from Brazil is buying Linux-based computers, as about a month ago they acquired 90,000 Debian GNU/Linux PCs, with compatible wireless cards, wireless routers and laser printers. These were installed in 9000 brazilian schools!
Ten days ago, on November 30th, the brazilian Ministry of Education used the government official virtual trading room site in order to call for offers from pre-qualified vendors. "The bidding 51/2007 process 23034.003003/2007-98 of FUNDO NACIONAL DE DESENVOLVIMENTO DA EDUCACAO - FNDE, MINISTERIO DA EDUCACAO, BRASIL, will require fully Debian 4.0 Etch compatible multimedia multiterminal CPUs fully demonstrated by tests with official Debian 4.0 installation disks (or the Ministry customized Debian available at its) as the previous bidding 45/2007."
The installed Debian 4 Linux can be lightly customized for the equipments. Also, an already customized Debian GNU/Linux distribution, available at the Ministry of Education site, could be used for them. These Debian Etch based PCs will be installed in rural schools at various regions of Brasil.
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