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Upside: Is Linux China Bound?

Jan 12, 2000, 16:43 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

"When it comes to taking the Linux Rorshach test, few responses have been quite so revealing -- or thought provoking -- as the recent quote that leaked its way onto the pages of the Yangcheng Evening News last week."

"Maintaining independence and keeping the initiative over our own operating system will be the 'Two Bombs and a Satellite' of the new era," stated an unnamed Chinese government official, referring to the domestically developed Red Flag Linux, a distribution that had previously only surfaced in news releases by Compaq Inc., a U.S. co-sponsor...."

"As a country, you really have to be in control of your own destiny," Keller says. "They don't want a sole source situation, especially when that sole source is coming from another country. They want to localize the product. And of course, there are issues of security. If you don't have control of the source code, there are security issues to be concerned about. It's a very important decision for them. Linux allows them the freedom to address all those issues."

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