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ZDNet: Going bonkers in Beijing for Linux

May 04, 2000, 11:09 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by H. Asher Bolande)

"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 Windows."

"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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