Japan: Skepticism about Government plans to switch to Linux

Andreas at Chosaq expresses skepticism about reports that the Japanese government is planning to move ahead with plans to promote the open source operating system Linux in government agencies from July. A story originally published in Nikkei Shimbun “says a consortium of major IT firms including IBM (IBM), NEC (NIPNY) and Oracle (ORCL) plan to sell servers and systems running Linux in Japan”. Andreas predicts, however, that Microsoft will win out in the end: “Microsoft will simply give in to the government’s pressure and offer its software at a lower price point. And be sure then that Japan’s Linux plans will be put in the fridge for another while.”

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