"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..."