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Largest Bank in China Switches From SCO Unix to Linux
Friday, April 29 2005 @ 09:20 AM EDT

In China, the largest bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), has decided to switch from SCO Unix to Linux, and others are expected to follow shortly:

The shift to Linux is driven by the banks' need for better software performance and better vendor support, said Nielse Jiang, an analyst at IDC in Beijing. Currently, most of these banks are running their applications on SCO Unix and they are looking to upgrade their systems. "In China, SCO Unix offers very weak support for customers; they have so few employees," he said.

That's 20,000 branches that will be using Linux servers. The bank serves 100 million individuals and 8.1 million corporate accounts. They have 390,000 employees, all of whom will now be using Turbolinux 7 DataServer for the next 3 years. The article quotes a Turbolinux representative, who says it's the largest rollout of Linux yet in China:

CBC is not the only one of China's four main banks to have decided to deploy Linux. For example, Bank of China has deployed Linux distributions from Turbolinux and Red Hat in regional projects.

More banks are expected to follow ICBC's lead with large-scale Linux deployments. Agricultural Bank of China, another of the country's top four banks, is expected to announce within the next month a tender for a Linux site licence that is similar to the ICBC project, he said.

The fourth major bank, China Construction Bank, is also expected to announce sometime this year plans to move its IT systems to Linux, according to China's state-run media.

I read the article and it hit me: all of Microsoft's machinations about standards, like their licenses that won't allow the GPL in, are for nothing, longterm. The rest of the world must at least be able to communicate with China, because they need their business. It's that simple. So Linux adoption there is a guarantee that the effort to isolate GNU/Linux systems is doomed. That's a pleasant thought, don't you think? (Unless you are Microsoft, who will find itself obliged to compete fairly, for once.) Let's see how they do on an even playing field.

The EU Commission is unhappy about Microsoft's compliance to date, speaking of an even playing field, and they threaten further fines and say they will pursue "formal steps" to ensure compliance, if necessary. As the BBC subheading puts it, the EU "has warned Microsoft it could incur additional fines unless it makes more effort to stop abusing its dominant position."

Meanwhile, take a look at this press release about a conference SCO will be presenting at:

NYSSA Presents 2005 New Internet Leaders: Emerging Technology Small Caps

NEW YORK, Apr 28, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA) will present its 2005 New Internet Leaders: Emerging Technology Small Caps Conference on May 26, 2005.

Many tasks that are integral to work and personal life--shopping, banking, dating, research, and others--are done online. Although a few years ago the Internet industry was in a shambles, its influence on society and business has not lessened. Since the end of 2003, the Internet has been one of the best-performing market sectors.

This conference will provide a unique forum in which to study emerging small- and mid-cap Internet companies that have solid business and financial fundamentals. Each company featured is a leader in its category--profitable, and experiencing significant growth in revenues and/or earnings.

The following companies are presenting: CyberSource ; 8x8, Inc. ; GuruNet Corporation ; Internet Capital Group ; I-Sector Corporation ; Pacific Internet ; The SCO Group ; and S1 Corporation . The conference will be held on May 26, 2005, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Harvard Club, 27 West 44th Street, New York, NY. Early registration by May 12, $195 NYSSA members, $295 nonmembers. Prices $70 higher after May 12. Registration deadline is May 19. No charge for press with credentials. A complete agenda is available at Section=calendar& template= /ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=4921. [pj: I had to put spaces into the url, because Gecko browsers were having trouble with the page rendering. So if you wish to visit the url, remove the spaces please.]


NYSSA, established in 1937, is the premier independent forum for the exchange of information among investment decision-makers. A not-for-profit educational organization with over 9,000 members, NYSSA is committed to the promotion of best practices and the highest professional and ethical standards in the investment industry. NYSSA is the largest of the more than 127 societies worldwide that make up CFA Institute, which has more than 70,000 members.

SOURCE: The New York Society of Security Analysts

Um . . . "solid business and financial fundamentals . . . profitable, and experiencing significant growth in revenues and/or earnings"? SCO? Our SCO? A "leader" in its category? What category would that be? Nuisance lawsuits, perchance? By that logic, they're a leader in security too. Not.

Personally, I'd be intrigued to learn how they ended up being invited. Whose decision was that? I hope some of you are able to attend, especially if you work for the SEC. If you do attend, please send us a report. If they allow taping, so much the better. I'm sure we'd all be edified to learn how they managed to achieve solid business and financial fundamentals.

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