New Scientist: China Plans Software to Rival Windows
Jul 22, 2002, 13:00 (15 Talkback[s])
[ Thanks to Paul A. Rombouts for this
"The report indicates that developers are keen to undermine the
dominance of Microsoft's software in China buy building an
alternative standard operating system. It states: "The monopoly of
foreign office software over the Chinese market will be
"An early version of the operating system called 'Yangfan 1.0'
is said to be already in use in some government offices in China.
The Chinese development project was announced on Thursday at the IT
Industry Promotion Centre in Beijing.
"Dan Kusnetzky, vice president of system software research with
US analyst firm IDC, says it would be relatively simple for Chinese
programmers to use free software to build an operating system with
comparable functionality to Windows 98. He says the Linux operating
system would be ideally suited for this purpose..."