The Chinese Linux Standards Working Group, which has received backing from 20 firms to date, admitted its first foreign member--Red Hat--in May.
According to Novell China's head of sales operations Ma Qingsheng, most local Linux sellers have not actively participated in international Linux standardization programs.
The admission of Novell into the Chinese Linux Standards Working Group will give local firms a better understanding of global Linux ratification efforts and prevent duplication of work between China and other countries, he said.
The promotion of Linux standards is widely-seen as a way to ramp up adoption of the open-source operating system among businesses. With standardization, hardware providers and software vendors will have an added reason to support Linux as they will need not support multiple versions of the OS.
ZDNet China reported from Beijing.