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The Register: Chinese take sip of Linux tea

Dec 11, 2001, 22:34 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Watson)
"XTeam, a Linux software developer, will list on Hong Kong's Growth Enterprise Market today, as part of its bid to push penguin-power into Mainland China.

Having shifted its focus from trying to attain market share on the desktop level, the company is now hoping to target the burgeoning server market in the region, using the NT$21 million (nearly £1.9 million) raised to open an office in Shanghai (its existing head office is in Beijing), expand its product development and set up a training and certification programme.

Typically, Linux has a price advantage over Microsoft software, being free, but this advantage is lost in China where most people either buy or download pirate versions of the software. On this level-playing field and with Microsoft having coded better Chinese support into its software, its applications tend to be more popular, says Lawrence Sheed, a Shanghai-based Webmaster."

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