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Just found this quite interesting article on the BBC news website as to the fact that Japan has just ear-marked 1 billion yen into the developement of a Micro$oft alternative. It is expected to be a open-source initiative.
"Japan does not have the intention of rejecting a certain product," a spokesman for Japan's Minister of Trade, Takeo Hiranuma, said.
"However Microsoft Windows dominates everywhere, although people also want to test different products. Therefore it is important to work on alternatives."
"The idea is to get existing non-Windows operating systems, such as Linux, to be more broadly used, rather than developing a totally new operating system," said ministry official Takashi Kume.
very recently ive noticed more advertisements/articles about linux and it suddenly is feeling to me that the wind is starting to change. i never would have said so even a month ago but now i think microsoft may feel the bite of the penguin in the future.
What is the Japanese government going to do with the money? Japan has a history of frittering money away on pork barrel projects.
Hopefully they will spend this money wisely and actually enhance open source software.