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Two On Linux and China

Jan 08, 2002, 23:37 (26 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to ll for the links. ]

A pair of news stories relating to Linux and China:

  • The Straits Times 'China dumps Microsoft for local software firms'
    "A report by the Chinese Academy of Sciences pointed out that if all government organisations adopted Microsoft's products, the government would have to shell out US$21.7 billion over the next five years.

    But if homegrown Linux systems and software were used, the total cost would wither down to just US$1.96 billion.

    More importantly, the report warned that Microsoft's operating system features a 'back-door' security flaw which rendered the system vulnerable to hackers."

  • And a research perspective from IDC, 'Linux and China drive tech 2002'.
    "Linux was perhaps the most interesting of the points mentioned by the man in the know. Having experienced a year, 2001, when things could have gone either up or down for Linux, now, says IDC, it seems the O/S is definitely a viable option for firms. Gantz suggested that this year could be Linux's finest yet as more and more organisations seek to incorporate it into their infrastructure plans.

    Linux is apparently continuing to have a great deal of success in China, which as a nation looks set to prove a considerable boom to the tech sector. IDC said that an awful lot of new systems in China are running Linux. Further to this, it is expected that China's recent admission to the WTO will boost its expenditure on technology – possibly taking it up by 25%, said IDC.

    None of this means that Microsoft will flounder however. IDC reckon it will shift some 75 million licenses this year. Although, it notes, it's unlikely that this will drive hardware expenditure as it has in the past."

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