China Enthusiastic Users of Open Source

A blog posting from ZDNet by Peter Cheng talks about how China is planning to accelerate the local economy through science and technology. In the next coming 11 years, the Chinese government will invest US$85 billion on technology innovation, including projects around open source. He went on to post some interesting stats on open source usage in China:

Right time for China to use open source as alternative : Open Source : Blogs : ZDNet Asia

1) Desktop is the king: Desktop OS adoption is at 69.5 percent; Server OS at 68.2 percent; Database at 50.1 percent; Web browser at 47.2 percent; Programing language at 46 percent

2) Who’s using open source software? SMB (small and midsize business) adoption stands at 42.7 percent; Large enterprise at 26.4 percent; Education at 19.4 percent; Individuals at 10 percent

3) Industry adoption of open source: Internet at 78.8 percent; Enterprise at 52.5 percent; Telecom at 30 percent; e-government at 27.3 perent

4) Where do people get their open source software? Network downloads 94.6 percent; Free CDs at 35.1 percent; Purchased CDs from resellers at 12.4 percent

5) Where do people access open source information? Open source community at 87.1 percent; Search engine at 65.7 percent; Open source companies at 38.7 percent

6) Who is the best sponsor of open source? IBM at 64.7 percent; Sun Microsystems at 63.1 percent; Google at 61.2 percent; Intel at 15.3 percent

The most interesting part for me is the extent of OS adoption for the Desktop. More than 3 out of 5 users according the study (in Chinese) were using open source software on their desktops. Now with over 1.3 billion people in China, with an estimated 300 milliion of which are computer and Internet users–that equates to a lot of users who are consumers and perhaps later on, potential contributors to open source. Think about it.

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