Monday, April 17, 2006

China president at Gates house, not White House

China president at Gates house, not White House


Where do you think the first dinner of the historic visit of China’s president Hu Jintao to United States?

The White House? No.

It won't be in Washington D.C., but Seattle,The capital of Microsoft, and the Tuesday dinner will be held at the $100 million lakeside mansion of Microsoft founder and the world's richest man, Bill Gates.

The approximately 100-person guest list is a who's who of the U.S. Pacific Northwest power elite, including Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz and Washington State Gov. Christine Gregoire.

Gates and Gregoire are expected to introduce and welcome Hu, who will then offer a toast in front of the gathering.

Like any good dinner guest, President Hu will not come empty handed. The Chinese government issued a decree two weeks ago that all PCs will need to have licensed operating system software installed before leaving the factory gates in an effort to crack down on piracy.
As a result, three Chinese PC manufacturers announced plans to buy a total of over $400 million worth of Microsoft Windows operating system software over the next three years and Lenovo Group, China's largest PC maker, is expected to announce a similar deal on Monday, organizers said.

This event is not so good for Linux lovers as it closes the door for Linux poularity in China(one of the greatest hosts for Linux).

Gates' lodge-style, 66,000-square-foot home overlooking Lake Washington with a reported seven bedrooms, six kitchens, 24 bathrooms, a domed library, a reception hall and an artificial estuary stocked with salmon and trout.

Gates lodge

The dining room overlooks the river!

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