NewsForge: Behind the Upsurge in Chinese Open Source Communities

“When Novell and Red Hat set up open source communities in China
last year, most Chinese companies merely watched. Recently,
however, China-based software companies have begun to show a
greater interest in creating communities of their own. TurboLinux
and Red Flag have created Whitefin and Linux-Ren, respectively. Red
Flag also plans to create two additional open source
communities–UMPC (with Intel) and OpenAsianux–before the end of
this year. Why have Chinese companies suddenly changed their

“Zhou Qun, the general manager of TurboLinux, says there are two
reasons why TurboLinux set up Whitefin: lack of open source talent
has been hindering the company’s development, so they hope to find
more talent from within the community; and they also hope to
promote the company’s desktop system through Whitefin…”


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