ZDNet: John C. Dvorak's Inside Track
Jul 27, 2000, 07:54 (5 Talkback[s])
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
"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
"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...."