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China's Red Flag Sees Desktop as Linux Battlefield

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Zhongyuan Zheng, vice president of Red Flag Software Co. Ltd. of Beijing, said he believes the next big battleground in China (as well as throughout the world, but in China now) will be the desktop, with desktop Linux continuing to creep in and fight Windows' dominance in the country.

Red Flag is the dominant Linux supplier in China, holding 60 percent of China's Linux market. During a panel discussion Zheng said, "I don't want to replace all Windows in China; I just want to provide more choice."

The Red Flag Linux distribution was developed at the Software Research Institute of The Chinese Academy of Sciences, but branded under the Red Flag name.

Zheng shared some of his views on Linux, open source and China's IT future in a rare, candid interview with eWEEK senior editor Darryl K. Taft last week in Beijing.

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