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IT-Director.com: China Backs Red Flag Linux, It's Unofficial

May 09, 2000, 13:27 (0 Talkback[s])

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"This year the level of Linux usage in China is expected to double and it will be the home grown Red Flag Linux that prospers. In a very Chinese manner, the Chinese government is encouraging the use of Linux, while at the same time pretending not to. For years the Chinese unofficially supported software theft, but in any event the emergent Chinese economy could not afford to pay for software so software theft was inevitable. This was not at all unique to China, but the Chinese were extremely well organised in their software piracy. Visitors to Beijing or Hong Kong reported the pirate sales not only of just about every PC product that ever was sold, but also a native Chinese application which helped you undo software protection schemes and which is reportedly now in release 8 (like the Oracle database). In China theft had become an industry."

"...Linux then, is a god send because open source can be audited and can be proven to be secure. (which incidentally is why the UK government intelligence community are also deeply in favour of it. The Chinese believe that it can be the basis of a Chinese software industry over which "the imperialists" have no control. So the Chinese government is unofficially driving Linux in and Microsoft out wherever it can. This policy will spread to the desktop at the same speed that Linux does."

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