# "China Plans Software to Rival Windows"
New Scientist Online (07/19/02); Will Knight
The Chinese newspaper People's Daily reports
that a consortium of Chinese companies and
universities have embarked on a project to
build a computer desktop operating system that
could compete with Microsoft's Windows 98
platform. The project, unveiled on July 18 at
the IT Industry Promotion Center in Beijing,
should be ready in about a year and will be
capable of running Microsoft's office software.
"The monopoly of foreign office software over
the Chinese market will be broken" with the
advent of such a system, according to the report.
Dan Kusnetzky of International Data (IDC)
believes that the developers could easily build
such an operating system using already available
open source software--Linux, for instance.
Another open source project dubbed Wine allows
Windows applications to run on platforms such as
Linux, and Kusnetzky thinks that integrating these
two projects could result in a system ideal for
running Microsoft office programs. "This is a way
to take a giant leap forward almost immediately,"
he declares. Certain Chinese government offices
are reportedly using an early version of the
operating system called Yangfan 1.0.