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GNOME.Asia Summit 2008 Report

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| The first ever GNOME.Asia Summit was held at the Beihang university, Beijing, 
| China, from October 18th to 19th, 2008. The GNOME Foundation was the 
| organizer of GNOME.Asia Summit in collaboration with Sun Microsystems, 
| Beijing Linux User Group (BLUG)  and China OSS Promotion Union (COPU). This 
| premier event was very well attended:  318 people attended the first day, and 
| 212 people attended the second day. The majority of the attendees (2/3) were 
| from universities, the remainder from companies.  Ninety percent of the 
| participants were local (from China)  with the remainder from other 
| countries. We had 46 volunteers from Beijing Linux Users Group, Beijing 
| OpenSolaris Users Group, OpenParty, Beihang university, Beiyou university and 
| many individual contributors,  they helped us in many ways including 
| registration, guidance, emcees, photography and video.           


harvest comes after the seed is planted

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| Then about a week ago I noticed something: I was seeing patches for KDE 4 
| posted to mailing lists from Red Flag employees (plural!) using their work 
| email addresses. Besides signaling that they were working on a KDE 4 based 
| release of their operating systems and preparing the move from 3.5 to 4.2, 
| this was new: they were working on sending their patches upstream as they 
| were working on them.     



Chinese software industry sees opportunity in Microsoft's anti-piracy move

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| When Microsoft noticed 'misunderstandings' among the Chinese public over
| its 'black screen' move to crack down on piracy, the country's domestic
| software industry saw opportunity and couldn't wait to embrace it.


Chinese Strike Back at Microsoft for Anti-Piracy Measures

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| "Microsoft has no right to judge whether the installed software is pirated or
| not. It has no right to penalize users by intruding on their computers," Liu,
| a man one man who is suing Microsoft, told the Xinhua News Agency.


Lawsuit ramps up pressure over Microsoft's "black screen" anti-piracy move

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| Public pressure on Microsoft over its controversial anti-piracy campaign in
| China has been stepped up with news that a Beijing man is taking the software
| giant to court to uphold the principle of the integrity of his computer.


Microsoft anti-piracy move irks Chinese official

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| A top Chinese copyright official chided Microsoft for launching an
| anti-piracy tool that nags users of counterfeit software with a black
| computer screen and said the company's prices were too high.


Microsoft Tests Chinese Law On Piracy

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| But scrutiny centered on how Microsoft folded the anti-piracy program into an
| automatic update that was sent to users who opt to receive updates through
| Windows or Microsoft Update. Microsoft can "get into trouble for bundling,"
| Dickinson said. Dong told the English-language China Daily that "Microsoft
| uses its monopoly to bundle its updates with the validation programs." This
| bundling issue is also the subject of a pending U.S. lawsuit, brought in 2006
| when Microsoft packaged a similar anti-piracy program with a security update
| for U.S. users. A public relations officer for Microsoft stressed Wednesday
| that users can reject an automatic update before it is installed on their
| computers.


China's Evermore Office suite takes off

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| Evermore attributes the increased consumer interest in its office
| productivity offering to a backlash against Microsoft's aggressive "black
| screen" anti-piracy feature that the company launched on October 21st.
| [...]
| Evermore Office 2009 reportedly sells to individual users for US$99, which is
| much less than the cost of Microsoft Office.
| Then again, Open Office 3.0 implements the Open Document Format (ODF)
| international standard, has both simplified and traditional Chinese language
| versions, runs under either Windows or Linux, and is available for download
| free of charge.


Chinese copyright cops diss Windows Nagware

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| Now, vice-director of China's National Copyright Administration, Yan Xiaohong
| has cast aired doubts over Microsoft tactics.


Microsoft faces second 'black screen' lawsuit

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| A second Chinese man has filed a lawsuit against Microsoft demanding it
| remove a notice from his computer accusing him of using illegally copied
| software.


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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