"While the upstart operating system struggles to establish
itself in the all-important U.S. market, countries such as China
are embracing Linux. Not only is the technology cheaper -- an
important consideration in the cash-strapped developing world --
but Linux offers the added advantage of being more politically
correct by offering a technological end-run around Microsoft's --
i.e. American -- software."
"The Linux computer operating system source code -- the building
blocks of software -- is free for all to see and is distributed at
no charge, unlike Microsoft's relatively pricey products and
closely guarded source code."
"Jon "Maddog" Hall, executive director of Linux International, a
U.S.-based association that promotes the system, says the
information technology manager for the Chinese government told him
the open-source code is its operating system of choice."
"This, of course, doesn't mean that China is instantly going to
stop using Microsoft products," Mr. Hall said."
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