"A country-by-country survey of the state of Free Software in
Asia is difficult, not least because of the disparate natures of
Asian societies, the wide use of languages other than English, and
the lack of international reporting on technical issues. However,
we'll begin looking this week at recent initiatives in two
countries, Korea and Japan, and follow up in the future with views
from other regions.
"Korean computer science professor Jin Hyung Kim serves in
several Korean organizations and committees related to FLOSS. He is
chairman of Free and Open Source Movement, a member of Open Source
Forum, and a vice chair of Korea Linux Association. Kim says, 'It
is very timely to organize an Asian forum to promote Open Source.
We are also seeking international collaborations, particulary with
"Meanwhile, across the Sea of Japan (if you're Japanese) or the
East Sea (if you're Korean) several groups are springing up to