"Despite Microsoft Chairman Bill Gate's assertion that his
company does not earn much money from the Chinese market,
Microsoft's Windows operating system can be found on nearly every
PC and computer server in China and the world."
"The result is that most Chinese applications software is
written to operate on the Windows platform only, but things are
beginning to change."
"Because of the emergence of the open-source Linux operating
system, Chinese software developers are beginning to write software
programmes that can be used on operating systems other than
"Developing our own Linux operating system will save time and
money," said Yang Tianxing, chairman of the China Software Industry
Association, a semi-official organization, "because we are standing
on the shoulders of software giant."
"Many domestic software producers are upbeat about the
development of Linux. Nearly a dozen Linux producers have emerged
recently, such as domestic software producers Red Flag Linux,
Xteam, the hardware giant Legend and foreign companies such as
Turbo Linux and Red Hat."
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