Singapore Hosts Major Open-Source Meeting in November

The Asia Open Source Software Symposium wants to coordinate OSS efforts and facilitate communications across many Asian countries.


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Asian concerns different?

Anonymous's picture

Are Asian concerns about Linux difference from those of the rest of the globe then?

Re: Asian concerns different?

Anonymous's picture

Having attended the first symposium, I can tell you the focus:

1) embedded Linux. The Taiwanese, Japanese, Chinese and Koreans see a huge market in PDAs, phones and portable devices. They don't want to pay Microsoft for the priviledge.

2) lack of desire to be controlled by the USA. Same as Europe's motive.

3) large amounts of local font and language issues. Europe and USA based projects do functionality first, localization if there's time (true, things are getting better). Lots of OSS work in Asia is just getting the software working in local languages and fonts. Collaboration may help.

Re: Asian concerns different?

Anonymous's picture

Yes. They are trying to compete in markets dominated by one particular country (the United States) and, seeing an advantage, they are taking it. Just like the work of Deming on Quality Control which inspired the Japanese auto invasion, and was ignored in the United States.

This could be attributed to many different things, but that's irrelevant in this discussion. Historically, Asians have always banded together for their national good when it comes to business. Meanwhile, in the United States, everyone sues each other.

This differs in that the 'rest of the world' is not as aggressive about their national common good. They perceive it as important to a degree that overshadows the majority of the rest of the world.
What's interesting here, though, is probably the best thing that could happen for GNU/Linux. China. A lot of hardware is made in China. If China is backing GNU/Linux, and they are producing a lot of the hardware (if not all), then the drivers that have been handicapping the GNU/Linux desktop may grow to a point to make Windows XP look like Windows 95. Or was it Windows 96?