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NewsForge: Open Asia: Japan and Korea Embrace Open Source

Jul 22, 2003, 02:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Frederick Noronha)

"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 Asian friends...'

"Meanwhile, across the Sea of Japan (if you're Japanese) or the East Sea (if you're Korean) several groups are springing up to promote FLOSS..."

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