Zhang Long made his fortune offering Pu'er aged tea and handmade furniture from the mountains of his local Yunnan Province in southwest China.
Last November, the 49-year old business visionary, who has no innovation foundation, walked into a Beijing dance hall to pitch his most recent made-in-China item: SPGnux, a Linux-based working framework he says could supplant Microsoft Corp's Windows.
He said that the data security is imperative to the premiums of China and the premiums of the Chinese individuals, and announced it as a promoting feature flashed in pictures of previous U.S. National Security Agency foreman Edward Snowden on huge screens.
Snowden's revelations in 2013 of U.S. cyberspying and security gaps in American innovation items have incited China's administration to quicken a wide crusade to supplant outside innovation with Chinese-created frameworks.
What's more, that has activated craze among state-associated programming firms, speculators and insightful agents, all planning to benefit from Silicon Valley's disappearing grasp over China's $450 billion-a-year endeavor registering business sector.
Some of those who've entered the brawl seemed better equipped to succeed over others.
At the point when Hongqi, a product organization that added to China's best working framework amid the 2000s, yet which has subsequent battled, put itself available to be purchased a year ago, bidders incorporated a coal financier, an aeronautics organization and a food transport supplier. It was inevitably sold to an organization with a foundation in family cleaning for just $6 million.
The cybersecurity level headed discussion has helped raise the profile of China's Linux designers as put by Qiao, but at the same time it has been a diversion. He further says that a few pioneers think they can do this overnight, however it will take quite a while to achieve a 33% market share, a great deal less than Microsoft's level.
Zhang says that his Kunming-based Sipu enterprise group has taken off more than 10 forms of SPGnux, incorporating ones in English, Chinese and Arabic. Since the Snowden disclosures the quantity of government workplaces utilizing SPGnux has dramatically multiplied to 1,600, and his organization is profitable, he decided declining to detail budgetary or deals figures. .
He said he is looking past China, as well, and is courting clients in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Markets, he accepts, additionally need a different option than Microsoft.