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[News] Op Ed: China Should Move to Free Software and Dump MugabeSoft

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OW2 , The Joinup Open Source Community

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| I think open source represents a unique opportunity for China to loosen its 
| dependence on foreign proprietary software. 



Chinese city requires Net cafes to use legitimate software

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| As part of Nanchang's crackdown on pirated software, officials apparently
| struck a deal with a local Red Flag Linux distributor to install licensed
| software and provide two years of support for 5,000 yuan ($725 U.S.).
| [...]
| Red Flag Linux is a version of the Asianux Linux distribution, jointly
| developed by China's Red Flag, South Korea's Haansoft, and Japan's Miracle
| Linux. The desktop version of the software is free, but Red Flag and its
| distributors charge users for the server version, as well as for support to
| help companies install and manage the software.
| Some Internet cafe owners were unhappy with the fee, and complained they are
| prevented from using other Linux distributions.
| "You have to install Red Flag Linux, and pay 5,000 yuan," complained one user
| on the Jiangxi discussion forum (in Chinese). "If you are using a different
| Linux distribution, they just say it's pirated!"


Chinese flex muscles in Microsoft piracy fight

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| When Microsoft rolled out its latest anti-piracy initiative this year, it was
| not aimed at any particular country. Windows Genuine Advantage, a tool that
| identifies users of counterfeit software and pushes them to buy the real
| thing, was launched worldwide in several geographical blocs.
| But Microsoft ran into trouble when the roll-out hit China last month. While
| users in other markets kept silent when hit by one of WGA’s more extreme
| features, a mechanism that blackens the desktop background on computers found
| to be using counterfeit Windows, their Chinese peers broke into a storm of
| anger, forcing Microsoft officials in the country into damage control mode.


Microsoft's Chinese Folly

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| No less than Bill Gates himself said in a recent Fortune article that
| Microsoft competes better against Linux in China when there's piracy than
| when there isn't.
| So, Microsoft actively looks the other way as people pirate its software. It
| builds its market share that way, and lets people get used to the idea of
| having Windows at a certain price.


Microsoft accused of hacking in piracy clampdown

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| Across China thousands of computer screens are turning dark. The reason is a
| piece of software from a US firm.
| Software giant Microsoft is deactivating unauthorised copies of its Windows
| operating system, in a nation where 82% of all software is pirated – even if
| many end users do not know it.


Chinese fume at Microsoft anti-piracy

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| China's vocal bloggers seemed stunned that their computers seemed to have
| phoned Microsoft for the anti-piracy tool without asking.
| "The computer is mine", one angry blogger penned, "Microsoft has no right to
| control my hardware without my agreement", the poor fool thought.


Microsoft sued in China for black screen of death

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| A Chinese lawyer has filed a legal complaint against Microsoft for installing
| Windows Genuine Advantage on his computer. He has asked the Ministry of
| Public Security to file criminal charges against Microsoft.

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