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Beijing Allegedly Dumps Windows 2000 for Linux

Controversy surrounds a report published in the Yangcheng Evening News claiming that Microsoft's Windows 2000 operating system will be barred from use by mainland ministries because of security flaws.

The report initially surfaced in Wednesday's edition of the Guangzhou-published newspaper, claiming that the yet-to-be-released Microsoft operating system would be eschewed in favor of mainland-developed systems.

It also said some specialists believed heavy reliance on some Microsoft systems could lead to security leaks and make government computers more vulnerable to viruses.

Microsoft quickly issued a rebuttal to what they described as "unsubstantiated media reports that the Chinese government is planning to rule out use of the Microsoft Windows 2000 operating system in its departments."

Microsoft added that "Microsoft would like to clarify that Microsoft China has not received any notification regarding such a decision."

The US software giant also said several Chinese government agencies are currently using beta versions of Windows 2000 in preparation for upgrading their systems, and that they had received positive response from the Chinese government agencies testing Windows 2000.

According to a Reuters report, the Yangcheng Evening News quoted unnamed officials as saying the country's important government ministries would use a new software platform known as "Red Flag-Linux", which was developed by Chinese researchers and is based on the Linux operating system.

The Yangcheng Evening News achieved international notoriety in April last year when it registered its opposition to NATO airstrikes in Kosovo by printing a photo-illustration of President Clinton doctored to make him look like Adolf Hitler.