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Nov 06, 2003, 11:30 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jane Black)

"Open-source software conferences tend to attract a typical assortment of long-bearded geeks, tech evangelists, and the odd business suit. But at the Linux Desktop Consortium conference, which will take place on Nov. 10 at Boston University, one of the stars will be Dr. Martin Echt, an avuncular cardiologist from Albany, N.Y. Dr. Echt, chief operating officer of Capital Cardiology Associates, an eight-office practice, will discuss his decision to shift his network of PCs to Linux from Microsoft's Windows, the operating system that controls the basic functions of computers running on Intel microprocessors.

"While Dr. Echt is an unusual Linux convert, he's hardly alone. In China, the State Council has mandated that all ministries buy locally produced software in the next upgrade cycle. In particular, it's pushing the local flavor of Linux, dubbed Red Flag. In the impoverished Spanish region of Extremadura, the government has installed on 200,000 PCs a Linux operating system that incorporates the regional dialect. And despite a personal visit from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, the city of Munich has promised to transfer its 14,000 PCs from Windows to Linux as early as next year..."

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