IT in China

The Register has a report on the current state of IT in China which makes for very interesting reading. If their correspondent is to be believed, things beyond the Great Wall are in a very bad way. There are eighty million users, almost all of whom are running pirated copies of Windows with, therefore, few security patches applied, viruses and their brethren are rife and virtually nobody can afford genuine copies of Windows or anti-virus software.

One solution to the problem, of course, would be for people to be strongly encouraged to move to better operating systems, such as GNU/Linux or one of the BSDs. Along with proper security training for professionals and better information for the public on important issues, this could really turn things around. And, because personal computers are still fairly new in China, there’s much less inertia to overcome.

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