Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 14:20 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu This could potentially be quite big for Ubuntu and Linux in general. Canonical and the Chinese government have announced a collaboration to build a version of Ubuntu specifically for the Chinese market, which will become the reference architecture for standard operating systems in the country.
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Never Understood
by dekernel on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 16:40 UTC
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For the life of me, I never understood why any country little alone one the size of China didn't make full use of any of the opensource OS's. Then take any of the license money (ok, those that do actually pay) and develop the missing applications needed. Why pay all that money to outside vendors when you could keep all the money and working IP within the country.

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RE: Never Understood
by Lennie on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 20:20 in reply to "Never Understood"
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I've wondered those things many years.

I think that part of the reason is they want the people in their country to know how to use the software the other people in other countries use. So they can sell hardware, software and services to the other countries. Basically they desire interoperability more.

An other part is probably: risk. They might think it hasn't proven itself.

The biggest problem is probably the people making the decisions don't know the technology.

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RE[2]: Never Understood
by Earl C Pottinger on Sat 23rd Mar 2013 14:52 in reply to "RE: Never Understood"
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Don't forget bribes.

More than one country that wanted to move to cheaper/free OSes seems to change its policy on which OS to use after a visit from some well-moneyed OS company has sent some visitors.

On the other hand, China is one of the few countries where if you are caught taking large bribes you can end up being executed.

Let's see where they are two years from now.

Edited 2013-03-23 14:56 UTC

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RE: Never Understood
by OSbunny on Mon 25th Mar 2013 16:24 in reply to "Never Understood"
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It's actually one of the downsides to piracy. Why work on creating something when you can get it for free? Why work on Linux when you can get Windows for free?

That is also one of the reasons MS and other proprietary software vendors don't try too hard to stop piracy in poor countries. They know that if they do it will lead to a shift to opensource.

That is very very bad for them because a) they loose potential future customers b) opensource software becomes that much better *and* c) it leads to a large pool of experienced developers in poor countries who could compete with you in future.

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