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Chinese Linux Developer Joins Open-Source Group

Red Flag, China's leading developer of Linux software, has joined the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) to participate in OSDL's working groups developing Desktop Linux (DTL), Carrier Grade Linux (CGL), and Data Center Linux (DCL).

"Linux is a huge success in China, and there is enormous potential for widespread Linux adoption across all market sectors," said Chris Zhao, executive president of Red Flag, in a statement Monday. "Red Flag is joining the internationally-recognized OSDL organization so that our contributions to Linux and open-source development can benefit the global Linux community."

It has been estimated that more than 90 percent of software currently operating on computers in China is bootleg software. Open-source software would eliminate some complaints over of the use of pirated software.

The use of open-source software has been exploding in China. The announcement by Red Flag and OSDL noted that Linux growth in China represents one of the world's most rapidly growing Linux markets. The Linux-server market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of nearly 50 percent over the next five years, Chinese IT-research firm CCID Consulting has estimated.

Masanubu Hirano, OSDL's director of Asia, said in a statement: "We're pleased that Red Flag brings OSDL Linux experience with Chinese businesses, government groups, and consumers. OSDL plans to work with Red Flag, other OSDL members and the Linux community in China to foster contributions to the global development of Linux."