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Taiwan government favours open source

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Taiwan has mandated that all PCs purchased for government use must now be compatible with the Linux operating system.

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Accordingly about 120,000 new desktop PCs acquired by theTaiwan government will have to comply with the new efforts to boost the adoption of open-source. So far, about 33 desktop PC models from Acer, Asustek, Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard, have been certified Linux-compatible by the TCA. This was in favour of the new hardware that may give choice and viable operational cost for the government. Microsoft expressed its concern that  the software giant respects the Taiwanese government’s decisions, but called for neutral procurement policies that promote fair competition in a free market.

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