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Linux in China: First Chinese Member of OSDL Announced

Linux sales in China are growing at over 40% per year.

Home to Linus Torvalds, dedicated to accelerating the growth and adoption of Linux, and supported by a global consortium of Linux customers and IT industry leaders, OSDL has announced its first Chinese member: Beijing Co-Create Open Source Software Company - one of China's leading open source software development firms.

The Chinese company, founded by ten separate Chinese software vendors in April of 2001 to work closely with the international open source software community, plans to focus on Linux kernel development and the promotion of the Linux desktop in China.

Beijing Co-Create Open Source Software Company cooperates with and promotes Open, the first open source community in China to focus on desktop productivity with Linux. Estimates from the Chinese government's Beijing Software Industry Productivity Center show Linux sales in China growing at over 40% per year from $6.3 million in 2002 to $38.7 million in 2007.

"With the tremendous momentum for Linux in China, we're excited that Co-Create is joining OSDL as our first Chinese member," said Stuart Cohen, CEO of OSDL. "Global use of Linux is rapidly increasing and we are committed to working with members around the world to accelerate the adoption of Linux in the enterprise," he added.

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