China's Linux Desktop Market Booms
Dec 13, 2007, 12:15 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Although China's Linux market as a whole doubled from 2003 to
2006 to $20 million per year, sales of Linux desktop software grew
more slowly. In fact, the market share of Linux desktop software in
China dropped from 16% to 12% in the same period. But according to
CCID Consulting, sales of Linux desktop software increased 25.1% in
the third quarter of this year, catching up with the quick growth
of China's Linux industry as a whole. Several new developments have
added fuel to the growth.
"The Chinese government's antipiracy movement has had an effect.
After the central government published two regulations last year to
force its departments and local governments to stop using pirated
software, the government has increased its spending on low-cost
Linux desktop software..."