Come on! Is there really anything about the iPad's design that makes it so special that it should be used ban Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales? I Don't Think So.
Running a management consulting firm for a living in China, Frederic is deeply involved in the open source scene. From the local Beijing Linux User Group to the worldwide promotion of software freedom, he currently focuses on reducing the digital divide in poor Chinese schools by building open educational content based on open source software only. Collaborating with the Chinese government on various projects to promote OSS, Frederic has a unique perspective on what is happening now, and what to expect from this challenging environment.
The second day of the 2007 Open Source China Open Source World started off really badly for me. Somehow, I overlooked that the program was rescheduled from 9.
Last week (June 21 & 22), I attended the 2007 Open Source China Open Source World summit in Guangzhou, hosted by China Open Source Promotion Union (COPU).
First of all, I want to thank my predecessor Michael Iannini for passing the baton and offering the opportunity for me to take this blog space. Like Michael, I am a member of the Beijing Linux User Group (BLUG), which is probably the most interesting Linux User Groups in the world, as you can imagine.
Sun Microsystems hosted the 2007 China Education and Research Conference this past week. It was interesting to know that Sun has been collaborating with China's Ministry of Education for 10 years now.
The question of the enforceability of the GPL came into question during a presentation by Taiwen Jiang, the XOOPS maintainer. XOOPS is basically a home grown China, well actually Asian, open source system.
At last week's 2007 Software Innovation Summit, Christophe Bisciglia from Google introduced to the attendees Google 101. Google has just recently developed this curriculum which Google staff, namely Christophe, if my understanding is correct, has been working with University of Washington to deliver these courses.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007, was the date of the 2007 Software Innovation Summit – Open Source Software and Trends in Internationalization. The summit was intended to be an annual event, but I am not sure if the event organizers, in particular its Western benefactors, were so inclined to commit to that.
At the last Beijing Linux User Group meeting, a member announced that Louis Suarez-Potts, the OpenOffice.org community manager, would be visiting Beijing in April.
When I look at companies like Red Flag, Turbo Linux, Co-Create and SunWah, I see token open source development houses that are more focused on service and integration. Now, these companies can be great for the community in localizing open source applications and standardizing them for government and financial industry projects, as well as contributing patches back to the community (I can't confirm this), but I don't see these companies very active in the Western community.