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New Scientist: China Plans Software to Rival Windows

Jul 22, 2002, 13:00 (15 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Paul A. Rombouts for this link. ]

"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 broken."

"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..."

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