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LinuxWorld: The Red Flag Linux controversy, Has Microsoft met its match?

Jan 13, 2000, 22:22 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by J.S. Kelly)

"I had been ignoring the reports, linked from most everywhere last week, that the People's Republic of China (PRC) had announced that it would forbid the use of the Windows 2000 operating system on government-owned computer, and require the installation of Linux instead."

"I was successful in keeping out of this controversy until a friend forwarded me the text of the report, and I finally deigned to read it. What I read only served to confirm my preconceived opinion that the story was bogus -- so I poked around the Net, hoping to find better information."

"But all of the stories I found seemed to cite just one source: a news story from a Chinese newspaper that was not hyperlinked to any of the reports that I saw initially, nor easily found in search engines. The stories were all short, and all had the same details -- probably because they all traced back to the same original newspaper story. The stories all cited unnamed sources."

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