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China is looking at home grown patch solutions now

For many people in the corporate world, there is no real reason or need to upgrade from the 14-year-old Windows XP to a more modern version like Windows 7 or Windows 8. Some cite costs as a reason for not upgrading, while others point to the fact that their “mature” integrated systems simply don’t need anything new or fancy to operate properly.
One of the largest organizations that has no desire to move away from Windows XP is the Chinese government. China instead plans to patch XP on its own rather than upgrade to Windows 8, because upgrading would be too expensive (Windows 8 sells for 888 yuan in China, or roughly $142).

Just a little bit of Windows XP nostalgia... 

Chinese firms have reportedly released special protection patches to shore up XP’s defenses and the Chinese government says that it is now assessing those patches for its own use.
Estimates peg the number of Chinese computers using XP at nearly 70% compared to 18% in the U.S. As of early April, 25% of all PCs on the market were still running Windows XP.
Despite the reluctance for many to leave XP behind, Microsoft finally ended official support for Windows XP earlier this month. So many people weren't keen to move from XP in the business world that Microsoft offered to extend support for some companies for a hefty price. 

Source: Sky

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Retail Price
By Flunk on 4/23/2014 10:11:57 AM , Rating: 4
It's not like they'd have to pay retail price. Microsoft has volume discounts.

As for home grown solutions, does anyone remember Red Flag Linux? When China tried to build it's own OS? That ended in legal action and the entire team being let go.

They should probably just install Ubuntu Kylin, it's still supported and it meets budget requirments. Staying on XP is going to cost a fortune long-term.

RE: Retail Price
By marlenejo on 4/23/2014 12:01:55 PM , Rating: 2
"They should probably just install Ubuntu Kylin"

Wondering why they didn't thought of that before ? Good idea.

RE: Retail Price
By stm1185 on 4/23/2014 12:30:08 PM , Rating: 2
Proprietary Windows software on integrated systems. Linux would actually cost drastically more in many cases.

RE: Retail Price
By drycrust3 on 4/23/2014 1:19:34 PM , Rating: 2
As for home grown solutions, does anyone remember Red Flag Linux?

I'm sure it was available for download a few years ago. I think a better option would be something like Linux Deepin, which is a modified version of Ubuntu.

RE: Retail Price
By wordsworm on 4/23/2014 2:15:04 PM , Rating: 2
That might be their install price. Cheap labour, right?

RE: Retail Price
By kmmatney on 4/23/2014 6:34:20 PM , Rating: 2
The only reason I have windows 8 on 2 machines is that it was much cheaper than Windows 7. It was $39 for my home computer, and $15 for the upgrade on my work Dell laptop (this allowed me to upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit and get more RAM). If the price was the same I probably would have just bought Windows 7 - especially for my work laptop, where Windows 8 can be a pain.

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