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(From South China Morning Post)
Byline: Sherman So
Mainland consumer and corporate enthusiasm for open-source software is lagging behind the rest of the world, despite central government efforts to promote alternatives to proprietary programmes.
Several reasons have been cited for slow adoption rates, ranging from a lack of understanding about open source to worries about compatibility. But one key issue is the lack of a business model.
While western companies can make money by pairing open-source software with their own hardware, this is not an option for many mainland firms.
"Companies just don't see how they can make money out …