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osOpinion: More on Linux vs. Microsoft in China

Jan 18, 2000, 05:34 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Po Yuen Kwok)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"Lately there's been rumors floating around in China which goes along the line that the Chinese government wants to ban Windows 2000 from computers in government department and push Red Flag Linux as the standard platform for Chinese government instead. At first, this rumor was easily discredited, with strong statements from general manager of Microsoft China and Wu Jichuan, Minister of Information Industry dismissing those statements as 'baseless rumors'. I thought likewise. After all, Li Peng was known to be on good terms with Bill Gates, and was seen on Chinese newspapers being privately shown a Chinese version of Windows 2000 by Bill Gates himself. Also, this rumor came from a news report from Yangcheng Evening News, which is nowhere near the People's Daily in bearing the authoritative voice of the Beijing government...."

"One episode that has proved damaging to Microsoft in mainland China is the resignation of Microsoft China's general manager Wu Shihong, who went on to publish a book during last fall criticizing Microsoft's business practice in mainland China. Suddenly a new public image is given to Microsoft in the eyes of the Chinese IT public, an image that cast Microsoft in the role of the 'foreign invaders' seeking to bully its way towards dominance of the Chinese market. It is an image that Microsoft China would rather do without."

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