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Linux Advocacy Group OSDL Opens Beijing Office

Linux Advocacy Group OSDL Opens Beijing Office

China seems like a country that will implement Linux on a very large scale. The country uses the open source code in institutional levels already. However, to many involved with Linux development in China and the US, China still seems distant to them. In order to bring together Chinese companies and members of the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), an office has been opened by OSDL in Beijing. 

 

Members of OSDL, which includes IBM, Intel, HP, and Novell, realize the impact China can have on the global use of Linux. OSDL spokesperson Bill Weinberg said, "What Chinese companies are telling us or what they look to us for is to normalize their relationships with partners in other parts of the world," adding OSDL will do the same for China as it has done for Europe, Japan and the U.S. "We're in a position to negotiate for the actual implementation of Linux."

 

China is serious and committed in developing Linux. To this end, the China Open Source Software Promotion Alliance is being formed to promote Linux and open source development, and to show China's contribution to its implementation.  Chris Zhao, President of Chinese software giant Red Flag, welcomes the interaction, although he said China did not have that many engineers who were very skilled with Linux. 

 

"OSDL has been making good contributions to the international world," Zhao said. "Now it [will] greatly stimulate the utilization of Linux both in the enterprise market and in the domestic Linux communities [of China]. Although we have achieved great success in the desktop market, Red Flag has been regarding Linux on the server side as the most significant R&D field and devotes many resources in this area."

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