Chinese Authorities Enforce Switch from Microsoft

From the Radio Free Asia:

Authorities in the southeastern Chinese of Nanchang are requiring all local Internet cafes to replace their Windows XP operating systems with a Chinese-made system, Red Flag , according to officials and Internet cafe owners.

An official with the Nanchang Cultural Discipline Team, which oversees the roughly 600 Internet cafes operating in Nanchang city, said the new operating systems were mandatory.

“We have already started installing the new software in all Internet cafes. All of them must have this new one,” the official said.

The switch was mandated by the Nanchang Cultural Management Bureau in what it said was an effort to crack down on pirated software, local sources said.

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