[Osia-discuss] Re: [Linux-aus] Meeting with Chinese Government representatives re Linux.

Colin Charles byte at aeon.com.my
Wed Dec 15 10:11:01 UTC 2004

On Wed, 2004-12-15 at 11:00 +1100, Pia Smith wrote:

> > The Chinese Government have been investing heavily in the adoption of
> > Linux within China, and have two major Chinese Linux distributions Red
> > Flag and Cosix, mostly in the desktop market.  China has formed a
> > strategic relationship with Korea and Japan with regards to Linux and
> > the development of standards for the handling of double-byte character
> > sets.
> Red Flag is obviously related to Red Hat, and Cosix is a JDS based system.

I talked to a Red Flag bloke yesterday, and he knows nothing more than
the few press releases where Red Hat themselves mention that they'd like
to have relationships w/Red Flag

I do now have a copy of Redflag Desktop 4.1 here, not installed it, but
I believe they do base it off Fedora, as he wanted to know if upstream
(fedora) would include WINE, because they do

>From what I know here, Red Hat is a big training shop in Beijing/China,
but they are going to put out jobs for about 86 positions in the near
future, and the manager/chief is probably going to present to the BLUG
their interests in China, come January's meet (~11th Jan 2005 iirc)

> Thus they are looking for two things in Australia (apart from the advice
> and such). They are looking for software developers, people who can work
> on drivers, Linux and BSD kernels, software integration software and
> others. They are also looking for integrators. People who can go to China
> to assist with the big banking rollouts. I suggest we create a mailing
> list purely for this purpose and anyone interested join the list, and
> there we can have the technical discussions with the Chinese delegation to
> determine where we can fit in. I certainly see a lot of opportunity here
> for anyone interested, and the sad irony is that we have a lot of
> unemployed developers. It is kind of awesome to know that they are
> approaching us for resources :)

+1. The market here is awesome, by the looks of it. Be it for
drivers/kernel work, VoIP is big, migration analysis/specialisation, or
even creation of workflow processes and integration for simple office
stuff! Custom software to be written too
Colin Charles, byte at aeon.com.my
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, 
then you win." -- Mohandas Gandhi

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