The Chinese government is attempting to tackle the country’s growing software piracy problem by ordering that all PCs sold in the country must first have a legal operating system installed on them.
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The system could be either Linux or Windows, or any other system, the Chinese government says.
The decision affects PCs sold to government departments, businesses and consumers.
The US and China are in trade talks this week and the software piracy issue was set to be a key debate in the talks, as US software companies continue to complain that their products are being ripped off by Chinese counterfeiters.
To help track the progress of its new system, the Chinese government has also ordered that both hardware and software manufacturers inform it of how many units they have distributed every 12 months.
China and Vietnam are the countries at the top of the software piracy league.