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SJ Mercury/Reuters: China Bans Gov't Use of Windows 2000

Jan 06, 2000, 15:40 (17 Talkback[s])

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"China will ban use of Microsoft Corp's new Windows 2000 operating system throughout the government in a bid to support indigenous software, an official newspaper reported in editions available on Thursday...."

"The ministries would instead use "Red Flag - Linux," a new software platform developed by Chinese researchers and based on upstart operating system Linux, the newspaper quoted the officials as saying."

"Weaning China away from reliance upon Microsoft software would be the Information Age equivalent of China's invention of the atomic bomb and launch of its first ballistic missile and the satellite, it said."

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