Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a non-profit consortium of companies promoting adoption of the Linux operating system, has its first Chinese member.
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Beijing Co-Create Open Source Software (Beijing Co-Create) has joined the group and will participate in Linux kernel development and OSDL's desktop Linux initiative, which was announced last week.
The company is a joint venture between 10 Chinese companies and was formed in April 2001.
"Linux has got a lot of enthusiasm in China," said Stuart Cohen, chief executive officer of OSDL. "The Chinese government and organisations are very interested in Linux on the desktop."
So far this interest has been most evident in decisions made by the governments of China, Japan and South Korea to work together on the development of an open-source operating system.
"It's a great opportunity for Linux and for these three countries to use more of the software that they develop at home and to start businesses where they can export code they develop," said Cohen.
With this government enthusiasm as a backdrop, OSDL is looking to expand further in China and attract more members.
Cohen also hopes to establish an OSDL facility in China sometime this year.
Martyn Williams writes for IDG News Service