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OSDL Adds Chinese Member

The Open Source Development Lab, the Beaverton, Ore.-based group dedicated to advancing platforms like Linux, continued its surge in Asia with the signing of its second Chinese member.

OSDL announced that Beijing Software Testing Center (BSTC), which it called China's largest software testing organization, has joined the group. The company plans to focus on Linux testing and the development of internationalization features for the open-source operating system.

BSTC takes its place alongside OSDL's first Chinese member, Beijing Co-Create Open Source Software, which signed on in January.

BSTC was founded in 2002 by the Beijing Government Science and Technology Commission and the Beijing Products Quality and Inspection Institute. BSTC has been part of China's rapidly growing export software industry, which is preparing products for global markets.

According to Stuart Cohen, chief executive officer of OSDL, the company "will bring a wealth of knowledge about the use of Linux in China and its potential for use in the data center and on the desktop."

OSDL is making a major thrust to sign up Chinese software vendors in a bid to capitalize on the popularity of Linux in the region. According to OSDL, Linux sales in China are rising at a 40 percent-plus clip, from $6.3 million in 2002 to an expected $38.7 million in 2007.

OSDL is also gaining ground in the non-China portions of Asia. The group added a new Japanese member, IP Telecom K.K. last week. OSDL's roster of Japanese computer houses currently includes Fujitsu, Hitachi, IBM Japan, Intel Japan, Miracle Linux, Mitsubishi, NEC and Toshiba.