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Inside China/VirturalChina.com: Report of Windows 2000 Ban in China Stirs Patriotic Support for Red Flag Linux

Jan 08, 2000, 20:48 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonah Greenberg)

"A major Chinese newspaper yesterday reported that Beijing will ban Windows 2000 in government agencies, provoking an immediate denial from Microsoft and stoking a growing movement in China favoring the widespread adoption of Linux-based operating systems that compete with Windows 2000...."

"Microsoft quickly went on the record denying the report. "We've certainly heard nothing about this rumor and think it's baseless," Erin Brewer, a Microsoft spokeswoman, told Reuters."

"Ever since Wu Shihong, the former general manager of Microsoft in China, resigned and last fall published a book severely criticizing the company's tactics in China, the question of what operating system will become the most popular in China has drawn great attention."

"For many in China today, the question is a matter of patriotism. Many Chinese writers, journalists, and high tech industry spokespeople have all publicly criticized Microsoft and suggested that ubiquity of Windows in China's computers, similar to that in the States, would constitute a new kind of foreign invasion and exploitation of China."

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