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Salon.com: Linux is like a Chinese peasant uprising

Jul 06, 2000, 16:46 (0 Talkback[s])

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"As if Microsoft didn't have enough to worry about ... If the analysis of a Chinese media outlet is correct, the mighty software corporation better be on the lookout for an armed peasant rebellion."

"The rise of Linux is legendary," reads the article, in an awkward English translation, "a little like the peasant uprising of Chen Sheng and Wu Guang. In a world of hegemony long suppressed, many feel oppressed but the majority doesn't know where their suffering originates. Once someone stands up, he will have followers like clouds...."

"According to the China Youth Daily, one of the factors fueling the growth of Linux is anti-Microsoft fervor that may be the result of "software companies imposing the laws and legal regulations of the traditional market-economy age upon the new 'age of the information economy'... True competition between freeware and commercial software has begun. This is a conflict between software beliefs."

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