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[News] Quiet Moves to Linux in China

China gets into the FOSS groove

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| If there is mass take-up of free and open source software in any
| country over the next few years, that country is likely to be China.



Will cash solve China's 'community' problem?

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| The government, I learnt, as well as universities are also
| forming communities, which are sponsored and intended to attract
| talented developers, or more, to point the contributors to the
| cause of the sponsor. The government mainly funds the top open
| source companies in China--those being Red Flag, Turbo Linux and
| Sun Wah, and these groups in turn need to devote a portion of
| their funding to the government initiative to promote skills in
| this area. It makes sense because how can the government grow
| its infrastructure if there is no skilled labor to develop and
| support it? 


China's Linux industry booms, despite problems

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| According to Lu Shouqun, China's sale of Linux was 175 million yuan
| ($21 million) in 2005, increasing 81% compared with the previous year.
| The sale of other open source software that year was 160 million
| yuan ($19 million). In the operating system market, the share of
| Linux increased from 4.2% to 9.8% between 2003 and 2005.


Computers with home-grown Chinese CPU debut

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| The computer, which uses a Linux operating system, comes with a
| 40-gigabyte hard drive and 256 megabytes of memory. It costs
| 1,599 yuan (about 200 U.S. dollars), and users have to buy the
| monitor, keyboard and mouse separately, the company said on
| its website.


China Linux Market Will Grow at Annual Rate of 34%, Says R&M

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| It is predicted that in China, Linux market (both server and client)
| will grow with an annual rate of 34 %. The client-side share growth
| will be comparatively faster. 


Will China Be Linux's Best Friend In 2007?

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| The sale of IBM's PC division to Chinese-owned Lenovo was only the tip of 
| the iceberg, it seems. Now, the latest news indicate that computers running 
| on Chinese-made processors and running Linux will be introduced before the 
| Chinese New Year. Good news indeed for those who would like to see Intel 
| and Microsoft's domination of the global PC market finally face some 
| genuine competition.
| [...]
| The things in favor of the Chinese PCs: a) through its sheer size,
| China has considerable economic leverage on most countries in the
| West (particularly Canada and the US) and may simply demand that
| these new computers be given a serious opportunity in overseas
| markets; b) successful adoption of the computers in its own country
| could lead to greater likelihood of adoption in other countries;
| and c) priced quite low, these computers may garner an initial
| following as a novelty or a toy for hobbyists and/or Linux
| afficionados, leading to further growth.


China making own PCs running with Linux but please shut up about it. And why
are you running those damn pictures?

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| No one wanted the news released. It appears to have been a major clanger
| on someone?s part.
| China Youth Daily ran this on Sina Tech (it is a Chinese site and unless
| you read Chinese gets you nowhere) and all hell broke lose. It was
| not authorized. The site was firmly asked to remove the story. As of
| this writing this has not happened.
| There is serious upset at Lemote and Godson that the news has
| leaked. They are as annoyed as Steve Jobs would be in a similar
| situation. Still it has happened. And we have photographs of the
| machine which you see above. Probably the first English language
| site to do so.


Hasee PCs Preinstall Linux Desktop

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| Co-Create, founded in 2001, is a Beijing-based software company
| specializing in development, production and application of Linux
| and the cross-platform office suite sponsored by 8 Chinese
| well-known IT companies.
| Co-Create made great achievements in 2006 thanks to the
| regulations on the pre-installation of computer operating
| system software. Many computer manufacturers, including Lenovo,
| HP and Dell all cooperated with Co-Create. 23 Dell computer
| models sold in China all completely preinstall Linux operating
| systems.



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| "China has long been seen as a fertile ground for Linux and other open
| source software. In a country where more than 90% of software in use
| is pirated, it seems like a natural fit." 


        Linux Set to Soar in China


        Government says all new PCs must be Linux-friendly 

China looks to open-source community for advice

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| China is counting on senior members of the open-source community to
| help formulate policy ideas to promote open-source software, according
| to a local software executive.
| The China Open-Source Software Promotion Union (COPU), a government-backed
| industry group, has established a think tank comprised of 19 prominent
| open-source executives from overseas to develop a framework for better
| international cooperation.


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| Many such vendors previously sold PCs with free operating systems such as
| Linux or none at all...
| Observers believe the Chinese vendors signed their deals with Microsoft
| in April under pressure from Beijing, which is trying to show it is
| making serious efforts to stamp out piracy -- a major complaint from
| many Western governments.
| In late March, the Chinese government went so far as to issue a
| decree requiring PC makers to install a licensed operating system on
| each machine before it left the factory.


China's Linux Adoption Threat to Microsoft?

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| Most recently, China has been placing their bets on Linux over Windows as
| the dominant OS for their needs. And one of the best examples of this on
| the desktop front would have to be with Turbolinux. The distribution has
| been so widely accepted by the Chinese that even HP has decided to begin
| selling PCs with the OS preinstalled for distribution. But it doesn't
| stop there. China has a distribution of its very own; you may know it as
| Red Flag Linux.


China to produce $125 (Linux) PC

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| A Chinese outfit is hoping to release a PC which will hit the shops with a 
| price tag of $125.


Xinjiang Clusters Panasas

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| Currently, Xinjiang Oil Company is running 12 Panasas Storage Clusters
| in conjunction with 600-node Linux clusters at the company's Department
| of Earth Science in western China.
| [...]
| "The object-based Panasas storage solution totally turns things around
| by giving us the things we were looking for--high performance,
| expansibility, stability, dependability, and simplified management...


China gets a lesson on Open Source Intellectual Property Rights

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| The Open Invention Network (OIN) hosted a panel discussion in Beijing
| last Wednesday, October 11th... The emergence of organizations such as
| OIN and Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) is very positive to the
| Open Source Movement. It legitimizes the grass roots efforts of Linux
| Champions, such as Linus Torvalds and Richard Stallman.


Car PCs mount in dashboards, run Linux

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| Hong Kong based mini-PC manufacturing specialist SD-Omega has added 
| a pair of high-end models to its extensive line of more than 20
| Linux-friendly car PC models. The SD631C and PCI-slot-equipped
| SD631CH support Intel Pentium M and Celeron M processors at over
| 2GHz, and include car-specific features.


Behind the upsurge in Chinese open source communities

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| Part of the momentum behind this change comes from the Chinese
| government, which now regards open source communities as a key to
| its software industry and will put more resources toward them in its
| eleventh Five-Year-Plan period (2006-2010). "As a banner of China's
| Linux industry, Red Flag no doubt has more responsibilities to
| advocate the government's new tactic.


Ubuntu's official launch in China

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| Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu project, was in Beijing
| last week for  Ubuntu's official China launch. The event was
| overwhelmingly successful.


RPLinux: China's Answer to the $100 PC

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| What do you think? Can China succeed in making a true seamless blend of
| their Linux distribution of choice with their home grown hardware? It's
| no small feat to be sure; however, I personally believe that they are
| likely up to the challenge.


Red Hat sees FY07 greater China sales up 100 pct

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| Red Hat Inc., a distributor of open-source Linux software, expects its
| sales in the greater China region to double in fiscal 2007 and grow by
| 85 percent in fiscal 2008, an executive said on Tuesday. "Our plan is to
| have 100 percent growth this year, and 85 percent growth next year," 
| Michael Chen, general manager of Red Hat China, told Reuters in an
| interview.


China's Digit Digit Adds Linux-based Flames

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| The latest version of the VFX system - Flame 2007 - takes advantage of
| 64-bit multi-core computing, storage and networking technologies to
| provide large productivity gains for users performing compositing,
| tracking, color correction and visual effects.


China has its own open document format

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| Put this in your pipe and smoke it: China has its own open document
| format, the Uniform Office Format (UOF), that they are working to
| harmonize with ODF...
| All the plotting and planning here in the US was for absolutely
| nothing. ODF wins.


Converter Enables Conversion Between ODF & Chinese Document Format (UOF)

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| Peking University recently released a program to convert office
| documents between OpenDocument Format and the Specification for
| the Chinese office file format based on XML (UOF for short).


Wake Up Morning Post

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| Open Source companies in China can't look to the likes of IBM, SUN
| and Novell to bring them out of their closets through acquisition,
| partnerships or staunching Microsoft's growth. Chinese companies are
| going to have to learn to compete as their Western peers have.


Treachery In The Trenches

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| I believe that most people do not grasp the immense entity of Microsoft.
| This is an organization and a man who commands the attention and bidding
| of world leaders. On a recent trip to America, the President of China
| spent his first evening in the United States, not with our President,
| but Bill Gates. He was the guest of the Gates mansion that first
| evening and the guest of honor for a dinner attended by over one
| hundred people. Why? To ask him to crack down on Software piracy
| and to insure that his computer manufacturers put Microsoft Windows
| on thier newly made machines instead of shipping them with no OS. He
| didn't see the President of the United States for over 36 hours...he 
| spent that time with Bill Gates at his home and at the Redmond
| Campus.


IBM to Shift China Focus Toward Tech, Linux

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| "Our business is changing, so our investment in China will also
| change," said Michael Cannon-Brookes, IBM's vice-president of
| business development for China and India.
| He said the technology firm's investments will go to areas such as
| IT service, business transformation, Linux operating systems, and
| people. IBM has already invested billions of U.S. dollars in China.


Red Flag Linux may be next on IBM's agenda

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| Jollans also addressed a question about why IBM did not release its own
| Linux distribution several years ago.
| "We thought that if IBM was in the market as an 800-pound gorilla, it
| would have a negative effect on the Linux market. We won't do something
| that sets us against the community," he said. 


Dell's secret Linux fling

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| Dell's love affair with Linux is a clandestine affair these days,
| conducted in secret, away from disapproving eyes. But now the pair
| have been spotted in China.
| When Michael Dell first saw the web-footed beauty, he fell head over
| heels. Six years ago Dell pledged a series of strategic investments
| in Linux companies, including Eazel and Red Hat. The romance
| attracted the disapproval of Microsoft however, and barely lasted
| weeks. Very quietly, Dell dumped the bird.
| It later emerged that Microsoft's OEM enforcer Joachim Kempin had
| promised Steve Ballmer that he'd be putting the screws on PCb
| uilders, or "hitting the OEMs harder" in his words.


Microsoft loses top executive in China

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| "Li Gong is currently exploring other career opportunities," Microsoft said 
| in a statement to News.com. 
| [...]
| In a September 2005 Business Week interview, Ballmer touted Gong as
| one of several key hires that Microsoft had made.
| Most recently, Gong has served as managing director of Windows LiveC
| hina and as Vice President of Microsoft China R&D Group.
| Gong's name came up in the case over Kai-Fu Lee, the top Microsoft
| executive whose hiring by Google sparked a multistate legal battle. 


Will 2007 be the Year for Linux?

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| Last question, where does China fit into all of this? Well, a
| market like China is great for new technologies and solutions
| to proliferate. I hope Microsoft is successful in its fight
| against piracy, as the Chinese, with their burgeoning salaries
| and hunger for an easier life won't be turning to bulky
| desktops and costly software. Stylish, cost effective and
| fully integrated solutions are what will dominate this market,
| as well as all the developing markets of this world.


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