ZDNet: Going bonkers in Beijing for Linux

China’s Ministry of Education is preparing to announce
“significant” procurements of software for the Linux operating
system, according to an executive involved with the plan.

“It would mark Beijing’s most concrete move so far to promote
the free OS as a preferred alternative to Microsoft Corp.’s

“In anticipation of the move, Corel Corp. has signed an
agreement appointing GraphOn Corp. as the exclusive distributor of
Corel software products in China’s giant education sector. GraphOn
President Walt Keller said an announcement about the ministry’s
software procurement is expected within the next 30 days.”

“…There are more people in school [from kindergarten] through
12th grade, than we have people in the U.S.,” Keller said, noting
that there are 260 million primary- and secondary-school students
in the mainland.”


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