Chinese government technology agency joins OSDL

A Chinese government science and technology group has joined the nonprofit Open Source Development Labs to help improve the quality and testing of the Linux operating system.

OSDL said that the Beijing Software Testing Center, China's largest software testing organization, has joined the group and will focus on the development of internationalization features for Linux.

The BSTC was founded in 2002 by the Beijing Government Science and Technology Commission and the Beijing Products Quality and Inspection Institute. It is charged with providing regulation and quality control to accelerate the development of China's export software industry.

"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," Stuart Cohen, CEO of the OSDL, said in a statement. "This newest OSDL member 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."

The OSDL is a global consortium that is working toward increased adoption of Linux around the world. OSDL members include Cisco Systems Inc., Computer Associates International Inc., Dell Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM, NEC Corp., Red Hat Inc., Sun Microsystems Inc., SUSE Linux Inc. and Unilever PLC.

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