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AsiaBizTech: Linux Isn't Simply a Fad, Japan Linux Association Chief Says

May 14, 1999, 14:35 (0 Talkback[s])

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Masami Ogoshi, chairman of the Japan Linux Association, was interviewed by a staff member of Nikkei Computer.

"Now that Linux has become widely used in the business world, I will focus on business models of Linux in cooperation with computer makers, after having done what I could as a user," said Masami Ogoshi, chairman of the Japan Linux Association.

"In order to achieve further growth of Linux, we must be able to design business models that can generate profits for computer makers.... Our promotion efforts in the Japan Linux Users Group were grass-roots types of activities, which were like the operations of guerrillas. But no matter how many users the guerrillas may get, the guerrillas cannot form a government.

"Thus, we could not encourage computer makers to move in a certain direction. Therefore, we must set up a system in which we can cooperate with computer makers. In order to further popularize Linux, we need to rise above our limited capacity as users and make future plans together with makers."

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