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Linux.com: Linux in China

Jan 07, 2000, 16:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Bos)

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"The next stage in world domination, the conquest of the oldest continuous culture on the face of the planet (currently being run by the Red Dynasty), seems to be well at hand. Rumours that China will adopt Linux as its primary operating system in order to free itself ideologically from dependence on an American company are abounding. While I would stress that there is nothing official quite yet -- this is something that should really only be believed when it is implemented -- it's a compelling idea, and one that could have enormous implications for both China and the development of free software...."

"Assume China does adopt free software on a large scale. The libertarian ideals that have pervaded free software development since the very beginning is not something that can be trivially adopted on a large scale by a culture that has lived under a vicious dictatorship for so long. The adoption on a large scale of free software could end up one of the most revolutionary things that the Red Dynasty has ever had to deal with."

"A generation of computer users immersed in the culture of free software and the ideas of the international software development communities could be the greatest coup for the liberation of China in years -- and it will be a very long-term thing. In the short run, China will benefit from high-quality software for free, but at the same time they will be fostering the seeds of a development community with an open tradition. This community will also, over time, hold the technological reins of a country increasingly dependent on it holding more and more political power. The political power that technically educated people hold in the rest of the world is only starting to take hold and flourish. Over time, the adoption of Linux in China could have far-reaching consequences, as far-reaching as it is starting to have in North America."

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