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Lenovo denies on voting against preloading domestic operating systems: report

2018-05-22 09:10:00 (Beijing Time)         Global Times

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Lenovo says the report about it voting against preloading domestic operating systems (O/S) are "deliberate slander," and the company "strongly condemns" the rumor, according to a report by qq.com late Monday.

Lenovo claimed the suggestion it made was to use a separately made domestic Linux system solution, including in desktops and notebooks, adding that the advice has been submitted.

The company has always supported the development of domestic O/S, Lenovo said.

The response came after domestic news site guancha.cn reported earlier the same day that four leading computer manufacturers including Lenovo voted against preloading domestic O/S in personal computers in a poll organized by a government purchasing center on May 16.

The guancha.cn report said that representatives from Lenovo and Dell wouldn't disclose why they had voted as they did.

According to the report, even though more companies voted against preloading domestic O/S, the decision will be eventually made by the government.

Guancha.cn noted that about 60 percent of government-purchased PCs in China are manufactured by Lenovo in the past few years.

A programmer surnamed Dai, based in Hangzhou, capital of East China's Zhejiang Province, told the Global Times Monday on condition of anonymity that compared with Windows, Linux is faster.

"But the image function on Linux is very weak, and users have to type in command lines, which is a bit too complicated for ordinary users," Dai said.

Xiang Ligang, chief executive of telecom industry website cctime.com, said in his opinion, no domestic O/S function very stably, making computer manufacturers reluctant to use them in their products.

"Also, for a Linux system, the 'usage threshold' is much higher," he said. For example, a user needs to find the device drivers himself, while Windows almost has everything ready.

The guancha.cn report could no longer be seen on its website as of press time.