SJ Mercury/Reuters: China Bans Gov’t Use of Windows 2000

[ Thanks to Juarez
for this link. ]

“China will ban use of Microsoft Corp’s new Windows 2000
operating system throughout the government in a bid to support
indigenous software, an official newspaper reported in editions
available on Thursday….”

The ministries would instead use “Red Flag – Linux,” a new
software platform developed by Chinese researchers and based on
upstart operating system Linux
, the newspaper quoted the
officials as saying.”

“Weaning China away from reliance upon Microsoft software would
be the Information Age equivalent of China’s invention of the
atomic bomb and launch of its first ballistic missile and the
satellite, it said.”