China to produce low-cost computers of its own

And good for them. To be honest, I am sort of surprised it has taken them this long to do so. Being they have a Linux distro of their own, what has kept the PC from being developed over there?

A Chinese company has developed the first computer costing around 1,000 yuan (125 U.S. dollars) using a Chinese-made Godson II CPU, and plans to put the computers into industrial production in June.

“We hope everyone can afford our computers,” said Zhang Fuxin, an expert of the Institute of Computing Technology (ICT) under the Chinese Academy of Sciences in charge of developing “Longmeng” computers.

Last year, a leading U.S. IT expert Nicholas Negroponte proposed a 100-dollar laptop for the “One Laptop per Child” project, and the bright green and yellow prototype was unveiled by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Nicholas Negroponte in November.

The performance of Longmeng, or Dragon Dream, is equivalent to a 1G Pentium III desktop, according to Zhang. It is a computer, a DVD player and also a video game player. Source: Xinhua

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