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Asia On My Mind

Sep 13, 2007, 21:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"It's hard to ignore Asia lately, certainly from an open source perspective. Many Linux and open source players are looking at the potential customer bases on this continent (especially the eastern nations) and practically salivating. And little wonder. Shaking off the ill effects of their 1997 economic crisis, east Asia is coming on strong, led by Japan, South Korea, and (increasingly) China.

"Japan and South Korea's economic strengths are well-known, of course, and their interest in open source software makes a lot of sense. They need to compete on the terms of North American and European software firms, and any edge they can get is welcome. China seems to be playing a little bit of catch up, and open source use there could be perceived as a boot-strapping effort to get themselves up to speed..."

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