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ZDNet: John C. Dvorak's Inside Track

Jul 27, 2000, 07:54 (5 Talkback[s])

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"China Beckons Dept.: At the meeting, Intel showed off a Celeron-based set-top box, made specifically for the China market. This is one of those powerful units that are being thrust into China by just about everyone. This coincides nicely with Intel's recent announcement that it, in conjunction with the China Software Industry Association, will open a slew of technical-support centers in China to back Linux. China-based Linux distributors in the Red Hat mold are cropping up all over the country. Red Hat, move over for Red Flag Software! This is a trend that must surely concern Microsoft...."

"The Chinese have a love of the public domain due to decades of Communism where all intellectual property "belongs to the people." I can't see how Microsoft has a prayer in China unless it gives away all its code for years to come. Linux and the open-source movement have China written all over them, because they play entirely in the public domain. Among other things, the government in China abhors piracy and knows it's not good for business. Because Linux is free, there's nothing to pirate, so China will move its computer scene toward Linux officially...."

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