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Smart Partner: Stamp Of Approval For Linux

Aug 07, 2000, 04:46 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ed Sperling)

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"The chinese government has put its stamp of approval on Linux. What if other parts of the world soon follow suit?"

"This is more than just an idle intellectual exercise. These are decisions with a potentially global impact that could come home to roost in your business, not to mention sharply shift the balance of power throughout the high-tech industry."

"Think about what would happen if India, one of the largest markets for software development, also decided to back Linux. There's ample reason to do so. The per capita income in India is significantly lower than that in the Western nations, and rapid adoption due to lower cost would greatly boost sales of other software and services in that country."

"Together with China, that would account for roughly 40 percent of the world's population. Couple that with IBM's push to run Linux on all of its hardware platforms, and the popularity of Linux in Europe, and it's not that farfetched to see the balance of power shifting very rapidly. No wonder the folks in Redmond are worried."

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