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Bloomberg: Linux Challenge to Microsoft's Grip in China Finds Few Takers

Mar 02, 2001, 06:51 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alice Yuan , Eugene Tang)

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"Yu Kai, a salesman at one of Beijing's biggest computer stores, is all in favor of using homegrown software to break Microsoft Corp.'s dominance in China - - if only someone could show him how it works."

"At Yu's shop in suburban Zhongguancun, Chinese-made computers from Legend Holdings Ltd. and Great Wall Computer Co. use one of two competing operating systems: Microsoft's Windows or a local version of Linux -- named Red Flag Linux to stir national pride -- written by a company controlled by President Jiang Zemin's son, Jiang Mianheng."

"So far, computers with the Windows software installed are selling briskly, even though they are 80 percent more expensive, Yu said. Customers with Linux-installed models, meantime, are asking to swap for Windows."

"Nobody knows how to use Linux," Yu said. "All our customers have asked us to change Linux back to Windows because they don't know how to use it. Linux doesn't provide handbooks, discs or training classes."

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