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Open Source in China

Emerging Topics
Location: D138 Level: Novice
Average rating: ***..
(3.33, 6 ratings)

Just what is the state of open source software in China? And why does
this matter to the larger world-wide open source community? We’ll
answer these questions as we explore the nature of the Chinese culture
and economy and how open source has faired in the Far East. Specific
highlights include:

  • Overview Chinese culture
  • Overview of the Chinese IT industry
  • Contrasts of Chinese culture with Western culture
  • How culture effects open source projects
  • Highlights of current Chinese open source projects
  • Challenges faced by open source projects in China
  • How Western-based OSS projects can reach out to China
  • Bonus: how not to run an OSS conference in China!

By investigating open source in China and contrasting it with open
source in the West, we’ll learn much about the communities and
cultures in both hemispheres. With China’s increasing global
presence, being able to reach out and understand your fellow Chinese
committers is increasingly important. Whether you’re a project
seeking to attact Chinese committers, or interested in the general
issues of global open source communities, this session will expand
your horizons.

J Aaron Farr


J Aaron Farr is an entrepreneur and open source evangelist. He currently serves as a board member of the Apache Software Foundation, having contributed to the open source Apache Avalon, Excalibur, Incubator, and Labs projects. His prior professional experience includes developing software for Sony Electronics and Siemens Medical Systems.

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