Frederic Muller

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.

Latest Posts

Open source abuse or misunderstanding in China?

Just when I was beginning to feel upbeat about all the events and innovations going on in China this year, I see this thread from the CentOS List. The thread is not new, nor is the 'offer' being made in it.

February 23, 2007 by Michael Iannini


More talk of Linux in China

The Finish group Open Tuesday came to Beijing last Tuesday, January 30th to expand its communication network about the wonderful world of Open Source. If you go to their site, the main page states “There is a lot of talk, and exploration globally into Open Source, … in both public and private sector, but real action is only now starting to take off.

February 6, 2007 by Michael Iannini


Will cash solve China's 'community' problem?

China's legacy communities are LinuxSir, China Java World, and Huihoo.They have historically culled a group of enthusiasts that generally like to troll for interesting issues to solve in their spare time, but not much "communal" spirit was extended beyond that.

January 24, 2007 by Michael Iannini


Will 2007 be the Year for Linux?

Come February 18th we will usher in the year of the Pig, but not just any Pig, the Fire Pig. Many Chinese believe that having children in this year will mean the kids will grow up lucky and essentially have an easier life.

January 12, 2007 by Michael Iannini


Getting to know Linux professionals in China

A couple of weeks back I asked a friend, Song Kewei at the OSS Promotion Union, to tell me who he thought were the top 10 open source professionals in China. He gave me a list, which I will keep confidential, and from this list I hope to begin giving readers an idea of what type of people are the champions of the open source community in China.

January 4, 2007 by Michael Iannini


Blame DNS stuffups, not the earthquake

The blame for Asia's Internet crisis this week has been put largely on the earthquake, and rightly so. But, in the case of China, I wonder if the earthquake is being used more as a scapegoat for their continued mismanagement of DNS servers.

December 27, 2006 by Michael Iannini


OSDL's future in China

A recent posting from a ZDNet Asia colleague got me wondering about the state of Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) in China. My friend and BLUG member, Xia Fang, who is OSDL's manager of strategic relations, assured me that "at this stage it has not affected China yet".

December 19, 2006 by Michael Iannini


Stoking the coals of Innovation

Recently I have been very negative about the Open Source Community in China and the half hearted efforts by foreign communities to help develop an Open Source Culture in China. A friend of mine, Anne Stevenson-Yang, working at Blue Bamboo in Beijing recently wrote me to announce a conference she had been working on, International Software Innovation Forum 2007 Exhibition of Innovative Technologies and Open-Source Software, to be held in Beijing January 30.

December 8, 2006 by Michael Iannini