November 5, 2003

China to invest heavily in Linux

The Chinese government plans to throw its financial weight behind Linux-based computer systems that could rival Microsoft Corp.'s Windows in
one of the world's fastest-growing technology markets, an official said.

China would build a domestic software industry around Linux -- a cheaper software standard that can copied and modified freely -- said Gou Zhongwen, a
vice minister at the powerful Ministry of Information Industry.



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