Taiwanese government makes Linux compatibility compulsory

Taipei's Central Trust of China is showing the way to the rest of the world by making it compulsory for all desktop computers to be Linux-compatible.

As an organ which procures tens of thousands of computers for the Taiwanese government (Taiwan is still the powerhouse where the majority of computer products are either designed, manufactured or sourced), the Central Trust wants to use Linux to reduce the stranglehold that Microsoft has on the market.

This government-backed intervention is also accompanied by a plan to cut 25 percent of Microsoft's procurement budget, which has prompted one Microsoft spokesperson to say that the company does not overcharge Taiwanese buyers.

The real issue lies elsewhere. 95% of recent computers are Linux compatible anyway and while buying computers with public money is best left to the experts, the Taiwanese government is falling short of making open source software compulsory.

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