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OSDL Adds Japanese Member

The Open Source Development Labs, the Beaverton, Ore.-based group dedicated to advancing platforms like Linux, announced this week that Japanese software house IP Telecom K.K. has signed on.

IP Telecom will participate in OSDL's effort to promulgate both the enterprise-oriented Data Center Linux and telecom-centric Carrier Grade Linux implementations in Japan.

"IP Telecom will work with OSDL and its members to improve the features and reliability of Linux," said Sekizaki Yuichi, president and chief executive officer of IP Telecom.

IP Telecom is a three-year-old company whose core product is Nature's Linux, a distribution of the open-source operating system that's integrated with data center management tools. The combo is aimed at easing the operation of networks built around the Internet Protocol (IP). The company joins OSDL's already heavy hitting roster of Japanese computer houses, which includes Fujitsu, Hitachi, IBM Japan, Intel Japan, Miracle Linux, Mitsubishi, NEC, and Toshiba.

Along with its growing Japanese contingent, OSDL recently snared its first member in China, Beijing-based Co-Create Open Source Software.

Indeed, OSDL appears poised to capitalize on Linux's burgeoning popularity in the region. As OSDL CEO Stuart Cohen recently told internetnews.com: "The PC penetration is so low in China, and there are so many people getting PCs for the first time that the Chinese government and vendors are interested in providing Linux and Linux-based applications. In the non-China portions of Asia, there's a lot of interest by the governments in creating a software industry... Even Japan would like to become a bigger software provider on the global scale."