Monday, August 18, 2003

Another red penguin!

CNet reports that China will block foreign software use on government (and, presumably everyone else's) computers in favor of "domestically produced" software, such as Red Flag Linux and the WPS office suite. Microsoft will not be amused, but Chinese users may also be up in arms. According to the story, "Chinese software company Kingsoft used to take 90 percent of the market with its Chinese word processing tool, but lost nearly all market share to Microsoft Word when the product entered in the early 90s." No one forced the Chinese users to go with Word, they chose to do so.

Just one more example of why government shouldn't be dictating how businesses run - whether that's China and high tech, the EU and Biotech or the US and steel mills.

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