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OSDL Adds First Chinese Member

Beijing Co-Create Open Source Software has become the first Chinese member to join the The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), the Oregon-based group dedicated to advancing Linux.

Beijing Co-Create was founded by a group of 10 Chinese software vendors in April 2001. It's been working on the development of commercial desktop Linux products, high-availability Linux systems, and network application systems based on desktop Linux. The company also promotes OpenDesktop.net, an online open source community in China.

Moving forward, the company plans to emphasize Linux kernel development and the promotion of the Linux desktop in China.

"With the tremendous momentum for Linux in China, we're excited that Co-Create is joining OSDL as our first Chinese member," Stuart Cohen, CEO of OSDL said in a statement. "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."

Estimates from the Chinese government's Beijing Software Industry Productivity Center show Linux sales in China growing at a 40 percent annual clip, rising from $6.3 million in 2002 to $38.7 million in 2007.