I was pleased to see a mention of Linux, Ubuntu and Puppy Linux in the Nov. 18 issue of the Daily Yomiuri, an English-language daily published alongside the Yomiuri Shinbun. Takamitsu Saito, who writes the Economic Forum commentary dedicated his entire column to discussing Linux as a solution for keeping older machines in a working state.
His article is also surprising for his mention of the Hokkaido government payout of 140 million yen to Microsoft over illegal software use — something I had not heard about. Horrifying though, since at today’s exchange rate, that’s around US$1.6 million.
And considering the lightweight lip-service that western media pays out to Linux — the BBC’s recent head-patting of the Ubuntu release comes to mind — it’s nice to see someone making a serious and logical case for the use of free software, in a national-level news publication.