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The Register: Beijing Signs MS Deal with Gates, Linux Deal with IBM

Feb 28, 2003, 17:30 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"The Register's department of strange coincidences notes the announcement of not one but two software co-operation initiatives in Beijing this week. Today Microsoft announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding between it and the Beijing Municipal Government, while earlier this week IBM China and the Beijing Municipal Government announced the set up of the 'China-IBM Linux Solution Cooperation Center.'

"IBM worldwide seems to have chosen to be bashful about this one, but it's been released in China, and the start date for the Linux Center was February 24th, three days ahead of when Bill Gates himself was scheduled to sign on the dotted line. The Linux Center is intended 'to promote the development of Chinese software system which has China independent intellectual property,' which we take to mean it will be working on Chinese versions of Linux software. IBM's Linux partner Red Hat may be involved in this, but if so the company is also being shy..."

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