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Microsoft antitrust flap 'boosts Linux' in Far East

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Microsoft's row with Korean regulators could boost Linux in Asia, the region's first listed Linux developer told today.

Microsoft said that it might stop selling Windows in Korea if regulators demand a rewrite of the operating system's code to remove certain features.

"For the desktop PC, the only alternatives are Mac OS and Linux," he said. Linux could see even greater gains in the server market."

The robust actions of Korean regulators are part of a global trend, argued Okada. "More than 30 countries are shifting toward open source software as a result of government leadership," he said.

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