Tim Lee Archive

Linux in the Red
When Danny Ho returns from a short lunch on a blistery winter day in the Pudong district of Shanghai, China, he throws down layers of clothing on the floor and shakes the mouse on his workstation. In a moment, a GNOME login window pops up. After a few keystrokes, Ho, a bank manager, is staring at a Linux desktop and dozens of new emails waiting to be opened.Linux is quickly becoming a familiar sight on desktops across China, where many influences have led the government to strongly push Linux as its preferred operating system. As the country experiences the longest economic boom in its five thousand year history, its technology sector is heeding the government’s call for Chinese-developed software on Chinese flavors of Linux.As one of the fastest growing PC markets in the world, China plays an influential role in determining Linux’s future.