BEAVERTON, Ore. and BEIJING - March 18, 2004 - The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a global consortium dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux,
today announced that Beijing Software Testing Center (BSTC), China's largest software testing organization, has joined OSDL and plans to focus on Linux testing
and development of internationalization features for Linux.
BSTC was founded in 2002 by the Beijing Government Science and Technology Commission and the Beijing Products Quality and Inspection Institute. Through
regulation and quality control, BSTC accelerates development of China's export software industry by preparing products for global markets.
Linux use and software exports are both growing rapidly in China. Estimates from the Chinese government's Beijing Software Industry Productivity Center show
Linux sales in China growing at over 40 percent per year from $6.3 million in 2002 to $38.7 million in 2007.
According to China's Ministry of Information, China's total software exports were $2 billion in 2003, up a third from 2002.
"With the rapid global adoption of Linux, we're excited that the Beijing Software Testing Center is joining OSDL to increase their participation in the
worldwide Linux development community and help accelerate Linux development in China," said Stuart Cohen, CEO of OSDL. "This newest OSDL member will bring a
wealth of knowledge about the use of Linux in China and its potential for use in the datacenter and on the desktop."
About Beijing Software Testing Center
Beijing Software Testing Center (BSTC) was founded in July 2002 through cooperation of the Beijing Government Science and Technology Commission and the Beijing
Products Quality Supervision and Inspection Institute. The primary functions of BSTC are to regulate the software development market, improve software product
quality, and assist local companies to improve their research and development capabilities. With support from the Chinese government, BSTC also serves as the
national software testing platform that is part of the "Touch Plan" of China's National Science and Technology Ministry. BSTC plays an important role in
increasing the speed of Chinese software products entering the worldwide market.
About Open Source Development Labs (OSDL)
OSDL - home to Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux - is dedicated to accelerating the growth and adoption of Linux. Founded in 2000 and supported by a global
consortium of Linux customers and IT industry leaders, OSDL is a non-profit organization that provides Linux expertise and computing and test facilities in the
United States and Japan available to developers around the world. OSDL members include Alcatel, BakBone Software, BSTC, Cisco, Co-Create, Computer Associates,
Dell, Ericsson, Force Computers, Fujitsu, HP, Hitachi, IBM, Intel, Linuxcare, Miracle Linux Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric, MontaVista Software, NEC
Corporation, NEC Soft, Network Appliance, Nokia, Novell, NTT COMWARE, NTT DATA INTELLILINK, Portlock, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, SUSE LINUX, TimeSys, Toshiba
Solutions, Transmeta Corporation, Trolltech, Turbolinux, Ulticom, Unilever, VA Software and Wind River Systems. Visit OSDL on the Web at www.osdl.org .
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