Citing Security, China Selects Linux for Gov't Systems
July 8, 2000 6:56 AM   Subscribe

Citing Security, China Selects Linux for Gov't Systems
The government is also starting Red Flag, a Linux software firm. Trying to lock down the market before MS can get in, or adding one billion developpers to the opensource community?
posted by rschram (6 comments total)
I am no unix expert, but wouldn't Free or Open BSD be a better choice if they're looking for a secure OS? Though I guess anything is really a step above a MS solution...
posted by bryanboyer at 7:29 AM on July 8, 2000

Free and Open bsd are verry good OS's for SERVERS, but not exactly for a desktop pc. Also, I think Linux is more flexible. All an all, I'm happy that Linux is getting bigger and bigger, to where it'll be the people's OS. heh.
posted by tiaka at 8:25 AM on July 8, 2000

I wonder if the Beijing will abide by the GPL. If they don't, who's going to take them to task?

Linux is a bit better suited for the desktop, but only because it has more hardware support. I've installed afterstep on FreeBSD, it was painless. I don't know about desktop managers though, I don't use them. glib/gtk, etc all compiled right out of the box, too.

tiaka: as long as you're not using jserv; i'm not sure why, but *bsd's java performance is dismal. Probably because the blackdown team is developing on linux.
posted by katchomko at 11:45 AM on July 8, 2000

And, just to stir a real hornet's nest...

Folks, there's nothing mutually exclusive about MS and Linux. Especially if a breakup goes through as MS has conned the judge to order. Look for an MS distribution of Linux not too long after the final, final decision.

posted by aurelian at 10:46 PM on July 8, 2000

i wonder what the MS version will be like . . .
posted by dominic at 11:01 PM on July 8, 2000

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