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Australian Financial Review: Linux has window of opportunity in China

Jun 30, 2000, 07:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Micheal Dwyer)

"Li Mingshu may not be in the same name-recognition league as Bill Gates, but people like him could well pose a greater long-term threat to Microsoft than the US Department of Justice."

"As the deputy director of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Software, Professor Li this week officiated at the launch of the world's first Chinese-language 64-bit Linux operating system."

"The new 64-bit Linux system represents a major breakthrough for the Chinese Academy of Science, which has spent the past 15 years trying to develop an indigenous Chinese computer operating system."

"Considering the price of imported software in China, where an authentic copy of Microsoft Windows 98 retails for the equivalent of half a year's wages for the average worker, the efforts of the Chinese Academy of Science make good commercial sense."

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