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The Register: China targets Windows with Linux-based OS

Aug 19, 2002, 20:00 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)

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"In last month's report on a Chinese effort to build a home-grown Win98, we appealed for further enlightenment on the nature of the project. Well, it's taken a while, but a kindly Chinese speaker has done some digging, and reveals it's Linux-based, and GPLed.

"Thanks to the unnamed translator for the following, and to Mark for passing it on. The apparent involvement of the Taiwanese government, alongside Linux International, is particularly interesting:

"Called Yangfan Linux, which means 'raise the sail' in Chinese, the open source operating system is being pieced together by the Beijing Software Industry Productivity Center, a group established by the government to organize Linux development in China. Now six months in the making, Yangfan has been installed on 2,800 government computers, replacing Windows and in some cases early versions of Linux already running inside the government, The source code for Yangfan was made available last week under the GNU General Public License. The group is now collecting feedback and will continue improving the operating system..."

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