The China Open Source Software (OSS) Week 2005, the first such event of the Asian Open Source organization, is being held this week in Beijing. The OSS week is composed of the Asia Debian Mini Conference, the 5th Asia Open Source Software Symposium and Codefest Asia 2005. The events are hosted by the China Software Industry Association, China Open Source Software Promotion Union, and the China Electronic Standardization Technology Institute.

The Linux activities have also won support from the State Council Informatization Office People's Republic of China, Ministry of Information Industry, Ministry of Science and Technology.

The China OSS Week 2005 is expected to open the door of communication between the Chinese OSS industry and its Asian and World's counterparts, by providing a platform for direct talks and interactions for government delegates, educators, Open Source Software developers and Linux fans from many as many as 21 countries, for the promotion of rapid development of OSS in Asia. Organizers said that the convention of the meeting in China itself indicates the great importance the international IT industry has attached to China's OSS development, which also provides a valuable chance for Chinese developers to learn from their colleagues from around Asia.

Event participant Mike Iannini, president of the Beijing Linux Users' Group, said, "Bringing together such great domestic and foreign Linux and open source businesses is a big boost to getting Linux discussed more in China. We have seen a great upsurge in acceptance of different platforms over the years and we see a great movement on the rise. It's an exciting time to be in China and to take part in these types of technology conferences."

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