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Cebu to host Asian open source summit in October 

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| Public and private sector representatives from 21 countries will sign an 
| open-source agreement at a regional summit in Cebu this October. 
| Cebu will host the bi-annual Asian Open Source Software Conference, founded 
| by Japan-based Center for International Computerization and Cooperation 
| (CICC).  



Linux Foundation Opens Korean Office

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| The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating
| the growth of Linux, today announced that it is opening an office in Seoul,
| Korea. Kwangjei "Daniel" Cho, former senior director of Haansoft, Inc., will
| be the Linux Foundation director of Korea.


Open source big names helping attract new users

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| Participation by big open source vendors is helping attract new interest in 
| Linux user groups in Asia. 


Red Hat Introduces Asia Pacific-Wide Open Source Initiative

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| Red Hat officially introduced its latest Asia Pacific (AP) initiative, the 
| Open Source Collaborative Innovation (OCSI), in Singapore last week, designed  
| to advance and build a global open source community for collaboration 
| innovation...  


Asian Linux user groups aim wide

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| One public event the group organized last year was the Beijing Software 
| Freedom Day. The grassroots version of the international event saw some 700 
| attendees and subsequently won the Best Software Freedom Day award from the 
| international panel, alongside Nepal and Nicaragua.   
| This year, the group helped with the Linux Developer Symposium in February.
| The BLUG also expects to support two large events at the end of the year: 
| Gnome Asia Summit in September and the OpenOffice.org Conference (OOoCon) 
| 2008 in October. The latter, in particular, will mark the first time OOoCon 
| is held in Asia.    


Increasing Linux Participation in China: Our Symposium

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| We regularly hold Linux Foundation Symposiums in Japan where key Linux 
| developers meet with local developers to increase participation and encourage 
| collaboration. These events have been very successful. Andrew Morton, for 
| instance, has been quoted as saying he’s seen an increase in successful 
| patches to the kernel from Japan by about 20% percent. While you can’t trace 
| everything back to our regional outreach efforts, I do think it has a direct 
| effect.      



Linux gains ground in China

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| Linux has been riding on a wave in China, topping the growth of all operating 
| systems in the first quarter of 2007, says an industry analyst. 


Red Hat sees FY07 greater China sales up 100 pct

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| Red Hat Inc., a distributor of open-source Linux software, expects its
| sales in the greater China region to double in fiscal 2007 and grow by
| 85 percent in fiscal 2008, an executive said on Tuesday. "Our plan is to
| have 100 percent growth this year, and 85 percent growth next year," 
| Michael Chen, general manager of Red Hat China, told Reuters in an
| interview.

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