Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 3rd Jun 2006 16:15 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Linux The government-run Central Trust of China has mandated for the first time that all desktop computers purchased from now on must be Linux-compatible, demonstrating the Chinese government's desire to widen the nation's usage of open source software. "It is a global trend that Linux is gaining wider adoption due to its lower costs and better adaptability," Mike Lin, a consultant at the Taipei Computer Association, told the Taipei Times yesterday. Note: This article is about the Republic Of China (Taiwan) and not The People's Republic Of China.
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RE: Nice to see..
by smashIt on Sun 4th Jun 2006 00:18 UTC in reply to "Nice to see.."
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I have a feeling that poor countries are slow in adopting the cost benefits of Linux.

you forget that ms makes great discounts when it comes to poor countries and high volume licenses
so the cost-advantage of linux is not as big as you think
for example: organisations like have deals with ms where they pay just 1$ for win/office per pc.
at my university students pay 5euro for xp and office (and get a pressed cd ;) )

as you can see the price is not realy an argument in this cases.

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RE[2]: Nice to see..
by Maxi_taxi on Sun 4th Jun 2006 10:44 in reply to "RE: Nice to see.."
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Of course it is,

Universities are given smaller prices because they are the future market for MS. Organizations like better be getting a discount! But governments (federal or local) will always have to pay the price, and of course, keep their software legal.

Might be some discount, but like I stated before, the deal with the Belgrade government, for 4000 upgraded licences of windows, office and some extra software was a multi-million dollar deal for MS.

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