Linux Foundation Partners with Chinese OSS Promotion Union to Host Linux Developer Symposium in Beijing

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Linux Foundation Partners with Chinese OSS Promotion Union to Host Linux Developer Symposium in Beijing

February 2008 Symposium Will Bring Key Linux Leaders Together with 300 Chinese Developers

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 17, 2007 – The Linux Foundation (LF), the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced an agreement with the Chinese OSS Promotion Union (COPU), to jointly host the Linux Developer Symposium in Beijing, China, February 19 – 20, 2008.

The Symposium will address desktop, server and embedded Linux opportunities and will include well-known speakers such as:

• Jonathan Corbet, LWN.net executive editor, kernel developer and author for the Linux Weather Forecast
• Coly Li, Novell file system maintainer
• Matt Mackall, noted embedded expert and kernel developer
• Andrew Morton, Linux kernel maintainer
• Dave Neary, Linux Desktop developer
• Jim Zemlin, executive director, The Linux Foundation

Attendees will include local developers and engineers from such companies as Google, IBM, Intel, Motorola, Novell, Oracle, Red Hat and Sun Microsystems. Similar to the Linux Foundation’s Japanese Symposia, this event is intended to educate and promote cross-collaboration among Linux kernel developers and local developers in the region, resulting in increased kernel involvement and patch submissions. Opportunities like the symposia help facilitate the ongoing growth and depth of the Linux development model. In addition, Chinese developers can gain knowledge about how to build a robust local software economy based on Linux and open source software.

This announcement comes during a booming high-tech economy in China and a time of overall high interest in open source. The Chinese government has mandated the use of China-produced software in government agencies, and national government agencies using Linux include the National Ministry of Science, Ministry of Information Industry, Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Statistics and the National Labor Unit, China Post. Local governments include the municipal government of the Chinese capital, Beijing, which is using 2,000 Linux desktops.

“The Linux platform’s low cost, flexibility, security level and the abundance of local talent are compelling reasons for China to be extremely interested in ways to become more involved in Linux and open source,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation. “The Linux Foundation is providing a unique forum in which kernel experts can meet in person with local Chinese developers to increase contributions to the Linux platform”

Other major developments in the Chinese Linux industry include the Chinese government’s move to install more than 140,000 Linux PCs in primary and secondary schools across the Jiangsu province, south of Beijing on the east coast. The deal is the largest Linux desktop rollout in Asia. The Chinese government continues to cooperate with a number of other Asian countries on open source projects. For example, it is working with the South Korean and Japanese governments to develop local open source technologies.

“Open source software is an international movement, and Chinese companies and government are strongly supportive of open source development. Many successful software IPOs this year in China were built with open source software,” said Lu Shouqun, Chairman China OSS Promotion Union. “We’re pleased to be co-hosting the Linux Symposium with The Linux Foundation and to bring in key Linux experts to China.”

For more information, please visit www.linux-foundation.org.

About the China OSS Promotion Union
COPU now has over 300 members, covering nearly all the domestic enterprises and public institution units in the field of open source, including all the Linux distributions including Red Flag, Co-Create, China Standard Soft, TurboLinux, and Sun Wah, universities (over 200), and institutes for scientific research, standard, law and industry. COPU also has over 20 multinational companies as its members who have their representative offices or branches in China including IBM, Intel, HP, Sun, Oracle, SAP, NEC, CA, BEA, Hitachi, Sybase, France Telecom, MontaVista, and Google.

About the Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2007, the Linux Foundation sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and is supported by leading Linux and open source companies and developers from around the world. The Linux Foundation promotes, protects and standardizes Linux by providing unified resources and services needed for open source to successfully compete with closed platforms. For more information, please visit www.linux-foundation.org.
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