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LinuxToday.com.au: Can Software Liberate Small Countries?

Mar 25, 2000, 17:28 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bill Bennett)

[ Thanks to Niki Scevak for this link. ]

"During his press conference at Sydney's Linux Open Source Expo, SGI chief executive Bob Bishop floated an interesting concept. He told journalists that Linux is creating a huge amount on interest in countries like Russia, China and India."

"Bishop says, "They are adopting Linux because it is open. The low cost is important, but the openness is more important. People in these countries don't like the idea of a unipolar world. Linux is multipolar.""

"Bishop says Linux will bring Russia and China back into the global software business. They certainly have world-class programmers. Developers in these countries are starting now on Linux applications - they are barely behind the west in terms of skills or experience. But even if they were, one of the key things about Open Source is that because the code is shared, it creates a much flatter playing field. It's what Redhat CEO Bob Young describes as a real free market in software."

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