July 30, 2007
Sanity check: How Microsoft beat Linux in China and what it means for freedom, justice, and the price of software
Who remembers Red Flag Linux? Born during the dot-com boom and officially financed and adopted by the Chinese government, Red Flag Linux was supposed to be ChinaÃ¢â¬â¢s answer for avoiding the double-team of Windows and Microsoft Office that dominates the rest of the worldÃ¢â¬â¢s PCs. In some circles, the potential spread of Red Flag Linux in the worldÃ¢â¬â¢s most populated nation was even hailed as a critical sign that Microsoft was not going to be able to spread its domination of the software market to the rest of the world.