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AsiaBizTech: Linux Players Call for Government Support

May 11, 2001, 14:30 (6 Talkback[s])

The spread of Linux as a server Internet appliance OS in Asia has prompted a group to ask that the Taiwanese government include Linux in its procurement plans to stay competitive with China. If things go as they've requested, the government would have Linux deployed throughout 20% of its departments by 2004.

These players hope the government will support them by establishing an official department specializing in creating an entire Chinese-language OS environment and in clarifying the items and resources eligible for Chinese-language integration and standardization.

Despite the continuing dominance of Microsoft's Windows in the OS market, Linux has become a popular OS for servers and various emerging IA products. According to market statistics, there are about eight million computers running on Linux-based OS worldwide, with an annual growth of 25 percent in the Linux population on average.

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