Efforts to free China from M$’s tentacles are growing more organized:“commentators said one of Dell’s goals was to please Chinese authorities. In the most recent revision of China’s procurement regulations, bidders who offer laptops preinstalled with Chinese Linux-based operating systems can get two extra points in their bid scores, according to China Government Procurement News.”
- Government is attacking M$ for anti-trust and security
- Government is promoting FLOSS, and
- FLOSS developers are making moves to make a better product for the Chinese market: an app store for GNU/Linux with standardized API, and merging talents to create one big GNU/Linux OS for China
It remains to be seen how well all this will work but it’s an indication that the forces promoting FLOSS have realized that they have to unite to beat M$ at the OS game. That’s a pretty good recipe for success even if the road is long and uphill.