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itdaily: Linux Can Empower Asia, Says Torvalds

Jan 13, 2000, 20:58 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tony Giles)

"LinuxWorld began at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Wednesday with an opening ceremony watched over by a video link from Linux creator Linus Torvalds."

"In a recorded interview, Torvalds told visitors that Linux's greatest implication for Asia is to offer a remedy for a long-standing lack: the opportunity to develop or modify the applications Asia needs without having to rely on imported proprietary software packages or ask permission to modify them."

"The opening day's keynote speech was delivered by Jon "maddog" Hall, executive director of Linux International (http://www.li.org ), who presented Linux as a tool to empower individuals rather than an operating system for network servers."

"He cited the case of a woman in India whose husband is a migrant worker and spends only one month per year at home. Thanks to the implementation of a Linux-based "solution," she is now enabled to keep in contact with him by going to a public kiosk to send and receive audio-visual e-mail."

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