Distrowatch.com, a site offering a lot of information on the varied
Linux distributions available, points out that while nearly a
quarter of all distributions were initiated in the US, with Canada coming a
close second, Asian countries are also making it to the big leagues in
terms of distro releases.
In the Middle East, GNU/Linux is reported to have caught on with
Among GNU/Linux fans there have also been Arabization efforts. A grass-roots
Recently, Arabeyes announced the release of Katoob, a
In all, some nine distros come from Japan, including Happy Mac, Holon, LASER5,
Media Lab, Miracle, Omoikane, Plamo, Turbolinux, and Vine. China has five --
Cosix, Dynasoft, Magic, Red Flag, and Xteam. Four came from
South Korea -- Hancom, MIZI, NuxOne and WOW. India has three -- Atomic, ELX, and Onebase. Hong Kong (Chinese 2000
and Thiz), Philippines (Bayanihan and Lorma), Taiwan (CLE and Linpus), Thailand (LinuxTLE and Phayoune), and Turkey (Gelecek and TrX) have two distros each.
Of the DistroWatch's 10 major distros, however, only four however have Asian
language support, and that support is limited to four languages
-- Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese, and Korean.
Tip of the week: The State of Open Source (SOS) site is an attempt to
"document and hopefully leverage activist experience in support of free
software and open source issues around the world and especially in
developing countries". It has links to Asian countries like Cambodia, China, India, Korea, Malaysia,
Pakistan, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam, along with others elsewhere in the world. Issues this site talks of include activism, education, gender,
hardware-recycling, health, public administration, science, software
localization, and Third World develoment, among others.