Koppel on China

A great conversation here between Charlie rose and Ted Koppel talking about China. Looking forward to viewing Koppel's new program.
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This morning just before I left my house, I believe I overheard CNBC mentioning that China now has accumulated a cash reserve of over 1.8 trillion (with a "T") US dollars. This number is so astronomical that I don't think I can even partially comprehend it.

As a Solaris zealot, I think our strategy, as far as accelerating (understatement) the wide adoption of (Open)Solaris in China is concerned, should be to explore and then preach the possibility for Chinese national companies to, in conjunction with Sun, develop their own SaaS businesses. This will be a great win-win situation for which I am sure many will be able to elaborate better than I could.

No such joint-venture at the level that I am thinking about, is possible wrt Windows and Mac. OTOH Linux is free and open, but many Chinese companies--especially those large ones--have realized that Linux has a very limited potential and is kinda risky because its ownership is totally screwed up.

To the best of my knowledge, very few, if any, of Linux-related companies in China (in a greater sense, which includes Taiwan) are doing Linux kernel development. Most of what they do, actually, can be relatively easily ported to Solaris. Should they decide to move to the Solaris camp, I believe they will have a better voice regarding what features should be included in the kernel. Plus, with Solaris, the ownership will never be an issue. Of course, Sun has other very impressive collections in its IP portfolio.

Posted by W. Wayne Liauh on July 15, 2008 at 10:54 AM JST #

I saw part of this series on Discovery a few days ago, and it was very interesting. It provided good insight in how quickly China is changing, both in the business sense (as seen by the outside world) as in the cultural sense for the people of China. It combined personal stories and interviews with business execs into a great show to watch; I highly recommend it.

Posted by Frank van der Linden on July 16, 2008 at 06:07 AM JST #

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