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ONLamp: Two Countries, Two Systems for Promoting Free Software

Aug 12, 2005, 02:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Oram)

"I had two fascinating interviews today about two initiatives, one in the People's Republic of China and one in the United States, for promoting public-sector computer applications--and thereby the use of open-source software.

"The Beijing municipal government is getting ready to launch version 1.0 of a system aimed at bringing applications to rural areas. They plan to use the same model for low- and middle-income residents of cities, small and medium enterprises, and educational institutions. Linux (through the well-known Red Flag distribution) is a key part of the rural system. What's interesting for me is the role of government..."

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