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Japan goes Linux

The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry announced its plans to allocate roughly 1 billion yen (US $8.3 million) toward Asian computer software developers in the next fiscal year. In particular, Japan plans to fund those working on integrating the open-source Linux operating system into popular consumer electronics, networks, and software. One reason to move towards Linux-based systems is that more and more of the new high-tech electronics computers, digital cameras, air conditioners, to name just a few are requiring built-in open-source software controls. Another reason to go Linux is that open-source software uses an underlying code, which is public and open for modification.

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