A Chinese government science and technology group has joined the non-profit Open Source Development Labs to help improve the quality and testing of the Linux operating system.
OSDL said he Beijing Software Testing Center, China's largest software testing organisation will focus on the development of internationalisation features for Linux.
The BSTC was founded in 2002 by the Beijing Government Science and Technology Commission and the Beijing Products Quality and Inspection Institute. It is charged with providing regulation and quality control to accelerate the development of China's export software industry.
"This newest OSDL member will bring a wealth of knowledge about the use of Linux in China and its potential for use in the data center and on the desktop," said OSDL chief executive officer Stuart Cohen.
The OSDL is a global consortium working toward increased adoption of Linux around the world. OSDL members include Cisco Systems, Computer Associates International, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, NEC, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, SuSE Linux and Unilever.
Todd R Weiss writes for Computerworld