How S. Korea is Shackled to Windows XP

When I think of S. Korea I used to think about 3G phones, broadband coverage, online games, and cutting edge electronics. Did you know that the government’s proprietary encryption system keeps them shackled to Windows because it relies on ActiveX controls.

As a result, 99.9% of South Koreans use Windows. This is a nation bound to Windows of their own doing!

Not only can they not use Firefox or Linux but it’s even holding back Vista. I could not make this up if I tried.

Gen’s article is a truly fascinating read and I strongly recommend that you read it.

“What would you say if I told you that there was a nation that was at the forefront of technology, an early adopter of ecommerce, leading the world in 3G mobile adoption, in wireless broadband, in wired broadband adoption, as well as in citizen-driven media. Sounds like an amazing place, right? Technology utopia?


This nation is also a unique monoculture where 99.9% of all the computer users are on Microsoft Windows. This nation is a place where Apple Macintosh users cannot bank online, make any purchases online, or interact with any of the nation’s e-government sites online. In fact, Linux users, Mozilla Firefox users and Opera users are also banned from any of these types of transactions because all encrypted communications online in this nation must be done with Active X controls.”

Gen Kanai weblog: the cost of monoculture