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Technetra: National Linux Distributions

Mar 03, 2007, 13:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Adkins)

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"There are hundreds of Linux distributions. Some are great, some are not. But each has its own special focus and constituency. In this cornucopia of distros, a growing focus on national distributions has emerged, especially in developing countries. China has had a well-known national distribution, Red Flag Linux, for over 5 years. Today Spain has at least 5 regional distributions. India now has one distribution called Bharat Operating System Solutions (BOSS). Most of these distributions have been built in-house, based on non-commercial sources, or have been selected from a single vendor or non-competitive consortium.

"As developing countries race to close the digital divide, open source has become an attractive way to jump start their local ICT industries. So why not take the bull by the horns and develop and control a country's or region's own Linux distribution...?"

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