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globetechnology.com: Linux system finds a friend in China

Nov 16, 2000, 21:47 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven Chase)

"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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