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Postby _FOCUS_ » 2007-02-04 07:56

Government says all new PCs must be Linux-friendly
By Jason Tan
STAFF REPORTER -- http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2006/06/03/2003311446
Saturday, Jun 03, 2006, Page 1


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 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 (林智清), a consultant at the Taipei Computer Association (TCA), told the Taipei Times yesterday.

Taipei-based Central Trust -- whose operations include banking, insurance, trade and warehousing -- is in charge of purchasing computers and other equipment for government agencies and schools.

Central Trust commissioned TCA to run compatibility tests on desktop PCs manufactured by bidding vendors to ensure their products are able to operate on the Linux system.

The new requirement is in effect as of the 11th tender, which began last month and runs through September, according to a report in the Chinese-language Economic Daily yesterday.

About 120,000 desktops will be procured during the 11th and 12th tenders, the report said.

"In the past, some of the procured computers did not support Linux, therefore this new mandate signifies the government's push to reduce reliance on the Windows operating system," Lin said.

Thirty-three desktop models from hardware vendors including Acer, Asustek, Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard Taiwan, were certified Linux-compatible, while four models each from Gigabyte Technology and Synnex Technology International were still under evaluation, according to the newspaper report.

In the legislative session held late last year, legislators reached an additional consensus that there should be a 25 percent cut of procurement budget on Microsoft's products across all government agencies, citing that the solutions — which monopolize the market — are too expensive. In response, Microsoft Taiwan Corp yesterday said that it respected the government's decision for the Linux inclusion into desktops, as long as the market is competing on a fair ground.

“Consumers are free to choose their preferred products, and will find ours more user friendly,” said Vincent Shih (施立成), a legal director at Microsoft Taiwan.

He added that prices of the company’s solutions here are not higher than those selling in other countries.

“As a whole, the total deployment costs of open source do not necessarily lower than Windows’. We will continue to negotiate the rulings with legislators,” he added.
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Postby thamarok » 2007-02-04 11:27

Cool!
Now if the other countries would do that too :twisted:
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Postby Lavene » 2007-02-04 13:33

MS plan to crack down on Asian piracy is bearing fruit...
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Postby hcgtv » 2007-02-04 15:30

More and more countries are turning to Open Source software, for various reasons:

a) Cheaper to run, ignore the Microsoft sponsored TCO reports.
b) Can make use of older hardware, see Vista requirements.
c) No back doors, do a Google search on NSA and Windows.
d) Open Source has become a viable option for the average user.

By the next decade, the only country running Windows may be the U.S.
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Postby thamarok » 2007-02-04 17:06

hcgtv wrote:More and more countries are turning to Open Source software, for various reasons:

a) Cheaper to run, ignore the Microsoft sponsored TCO reports.
b) Can make use of older hardware, see Vista requirements.
c) No back doors, do a Google search on NSA and Windows.
d) Open Source has become a viable option for the average user.

By the next decade, the only country running Windows may be the U.S.


It is cheaper to run, because many many many oh yeah endless companies who switched to Linux have saved atleast 5 million $$$-
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Postby _FOCUS_ » 2007-02-05 07:54

when there is a free software which is making all you need if pay for same software hundreds of dolars you are very stupid for sure. There is no description for man who pay same money for worst software.

I wish turkey will shift to linux. There is turkish dist called pardus.
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Postby thamarok » 2007-02-05 14:57

_FOCUS_ wrote:when there is a free software which is making all you need if pay for same software hundreds of dolars you are very stupid for sure. There is no description for man who pay same money for worst software.

I wish turkey will shift to linux. There is turkish dist called pardus.


Yeah, Linux is free and powerful, and witth some tweaking you can make it better! Why waste it for Windo** :lol:
(joke, not bashing of MS Windows..)
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Postby garrincha » 2007-02-05 16:27

FOCUS, please edit your subject header replace 'Chine' with 'China'.

Chinese users do read this page. :)
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Postby thamarok » 2007-02-05 16:46

garrincha wrote:FOCUS, please edit your subject header replace 'Chine' with 'China'.

Chinese users does read this page. :)

And you change the typo of "does" to "do", because you're using a plural (Chinese users)..

No no, was a joke.. But you should check your grammar before complaining of the other's!! :P
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Postby garrincha » 2007-02-05 20:26

thamarok wrote:
garrincha wrote:FOCUS, please edit your subject header replace 'Chine' with 'China'.

Chinese users does read this page. :)

And you change the typo of "does" to "do", because you're using a plural (Chinese users)..

No no, was a joke.. But you should check your grammar before complaining of the other's!! :P


My bad! whoops...I dropped a clanger! :)
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Postby plugwash » 2007-02-05 23:29

note that your topic line is misleading,

if you read the rest of the text it is clear that this reffers to the "republic of china" who now only control a small ammount of territory (most notablly taiwan) "not to the peoples republic of china" (who control mainland china)
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Postby _FOCUS_ » 2007-02-06 07:37

I am permanently doing grammer faults or miswriting. This is possible in my own language. But english is not my mainlanguage. Please excuse me.
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