Dec 04 2008

Chinese Internet Cafes: Forced to switch to Red Flag Linux

Published by at 2:27 am under Censorship


H/T: Thomas

Some very interesting news coming from Radio Free Asia on regulations forcing Chinese internet cafes to switch from Microsoft XP to Red Flag Linux (a Chinese produced system).  Officials promoted this as an effort to crack down on pirated software but the move has angered cafe owners who were not happy with the 5,000 yuan licensing fee.

My thoughts:

  1. A response to the recent Black Screen of Death incident.  However, if this is only required for internet cafes, it won’t make a dent in the problem. Just doesn’t make much sense.
  2. Trying to force internet cafes to close down.  Chinese officials aren’t very fond of the cafes and the extremely high licensing fee could be a way to force them out of business.
  3. As per the article, better monitoring.
  4. Forced on China by our good friend Eastwood, who owns massive shares in Ubuntu. :)

4 responses so far

4 Responses to “Chinese Internet Cafes: Forced to switch to Red Flag Linux”

  1. Eastwoodon 04 Dec 2008 at 4:52 pm

    Woohoo! You bet.. I’m making millions with my sky-rocketing Ubuntu shares :P

    I wonder what the advantages of this brewed up distro are. Perhaps it contains more sophisticated, in-house monitoring programs? I’m guessing they’re using Nan Chang as a mini test market. That’s gonna kill gaming in the cafes though.

    Hey, who needs Red Flag when you have:

  2. Morgan Storeyon 04 Dec 2008 at 5:05 pm

    I think this isn’t that bad an idea, at least they have probably done a bit of a code Audit. I wonder if they will still be forced if they install another distro with a skin :P
    Even if they are caught with another free distro they can at least not be guilty of Piracy.

  3. cbrp1r8on 05 Dec 2008 at 7:42 am

    MS probably threatened to cutoff all ties to china (blocking all IP’s from china or something….it smells something like that…and the microborg assimiliate everyone…including the chinese.

    Oh and Eastwood, that steampunk laptop is the bomb! I want one! :D

  4. Heikeon 05 Dec 2008 at 8:16 am


    Yeah, Eastwood has all the cool stuff. My computer is just a grade up from an 8088.