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Linux Journal: Raise the Red Flag Linux

Jan 07, 2000, 08:11 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Kick and scream all you want, lovers of free peoples and free software, but the Chinese really like their Linux."

"So much that China has allegedly banned the use of Windows 2000 in its government offices in deference to their own Linux distribution, Red Flag Linux, according to a story from the South China Morning Post. In a later story from Reuters, Chinese officials denied that Windows had been "banned" per se, although the story did note several points of contention between China and Microsoft, ranging from accusations of computer piracy to counter-accusations of monopolism and economic imperialism."

"The story about China, Red Flag Linux and Microsoft originally appeared in Wednesday's edition of the Yangcheng Evening News. The report quoted an unnamed Ministry of Information official, who claimed that the Chinese government was actively encouraging computer users to buy domestic software, in particular Red Flag Linux, a distribution of Linux being developed by Chinese programmers. Red Flag Linux is reportedly geared toward personal computers and will be available in mid-2000."

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