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AP/Shanghai Daily: China Linux Lobby a Major Threat to Microsoft Windows

Sep 24, 2003, 14:00 (6 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"The threat to Microsoft Corp from the free Linux operating system could intensify with the help of a powerful Asian triumvirate: Japan and South Korea are prodding China to join an effort that promotes alternatives to Windows.

"Japan has earmarked 1 billion yen (US$8.6 million) for the project and will host a meeting in November for the three governments to boost research in Linux, including flavors that better handle Asian languages.

"Like Germany, France and other European countries, Japan, South Korea and China long have been wary of leaving too many government computers and networks dependent on Windows. Many experts view Windows as too prone to computer viruses and hacking..."

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