Intel has to flee to China to sell Linux PCs

by Carla Schroder

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" can imagine my interest when I discovered Microsoft's partner in the Wintel business has "gone over to the other side," so to speak. I always thought that Intel walked a narrow line with Linux, I just didn't know that they expected to sell hundreds of millions of computers in rural China. If the document passed to me is authentic, then that's something about which some people might wonder. Some would consider it admirable.

Personally, I consider it somewhat of a betrayal of the American people. If Intel can sell a Linux computer in rural China, why can't they do the same thing in the United States? What about the No Child Left Behind Act signed by President Bush in January 2002? What about the poor in the US who, with proper training, could easily fill the supposed skills gap that has led to the overseas outsourcing of so many crucial, even sensitive, IT jobs?

I advocate the use of Linux in emerging countries where the average annual income might run around $150 a year. In the US, we have a large surplus of equipment that could accommodate those people's needs. Those low-resource computers Microsoft has managed to make obsolete will run perfectly with Linux. But they will also work for people in this country.

Microsoft and its partners in the United States will not let that happen."

Read the rest of Chinese Halloween with Intel here.


2005-11-04 15:06:10
Windows piracy a factor

In emerging markets, where desktop Linux enjoys wider popularity, the trend is even starker. Around 80 percent of the time, Linux will be removed for a pirated copy of Windows. Pirated copies sell for around $1 in the streets of Shanghai and other cities in Asia and Eastern Europe, but can also be bought in stores selling brand name PCs.

As a result, the number of desktop Linux PCs that ship will exceed the actual percentage of Linux machines that get installed in the real world.