We've been hearing about how PCs sold in China will come pre-installed with the controversial Green Dam filtering software – but what about computers that aren't exactly PCs?
It seems that Apple computers and those running Linux are exempt from the program. According to PC World, Macs sold at the Apple Store in Beijing are free from any Green Dam software, simply because there is no version for Mac OS X. The story does say that if there were an OS X version, then Apple will install it on its Macs.
A Lenovo spokesperson also told the publication that the Ministry of Industry and Information and Technology is not requiring non-Windows systems to come with the program. This means that Lenovo computers that ship with Linux will also not be fitted with any Green Dam software.
Right now it's unknown if the Green Dam software will spread to non-Windows PCs, but there's word of testing going on for compatibility with other systems. It's unclear if this means OS X, Linux, both, or neither.
Either way, those in China opposed to the software might have an extra incentive now to pick up a Mac or Linux machine.
chinese folks just buy linux or an apple
How can you say a Mac is not a personal computer? What is it a server? An embedded system. Come on seriously. Linux can be run on other stuff, but if it's installed on desktop/laptop it still is a personal computer.
I kind of doubt this will influence the Chinese in buying more Macs. I really don't think most of the population could afford to waste so much money. And the ones that can afford it I think represent just to little of the market share. Linux should benefit from this, but I am guessing it won't. Either they'll accept they are being watched or they'll do a fresh install of there own(not necessary a legal copy).
Or unless you know how to push your mouse pointer to the field that says uninstall and click it.
Or on a lot of systems just dont install the "install this to get screwed.exe" file.
Ignorance from people replying here is nothing new and something we all have to live with.
However now even tech website reporters are starting to spread propaganda its getting really annoying.
If you really want something worthy to write about and if you really want to make a change then start fighting the huge firewall that is seperating china from the rest of the world!
According to the regulation computer makers dont need to install it they only have to ship the installation files with every computer.
If they do chose to pre-install it (in the same way they pre-install all kinds of crap for years) you can un-install it just as you would normally do.
Last I checked, all computers this could apply to are "personal computers". However, if you mean "computers that aren't running Windows", then I guess this article makes some kind of sense.