SOURCE: The Linux Foundation
October 01, 2007 07:00 ET
New Partnership Extends Linux Foundation's Work With Japanese Developers
Agreement Signed With Japanese Government Information-Technology Promotion Agency (IPA) to Help Increase Participation of Japanese Developers in Linux and Open Source
SAN FRANCISCO, CA and TOKYO--(Marketwire - October 1, 2007) - The Linux Foundation (LF), the
nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, and
the Information-technology Promotion Agency (IPA), a Japanese government
research institute supporting open source software and IT infrastructure
development, today announced the signing of a collaboration agreement.
The LF and IPA will work together to accelerate adoption of Linux and open
source software in areas of technology development, standardization and
legal activities. The two organizations will kick off their collaboration
activities at the User Conference at the IPA Forum 2007, being held October
30, 2007 at the Meiji Kinen-kan in Tokyo, Japan.
This announcement comes during a time of heightened interest in open source
use in Japan. Recent examples include the increasing use of Linux in
consumer electronics devices manufactured in Japan and the Tokyo Stock
Exchange's decision to use Linux for its next generation enterprise system.
In July 2007, the Japanese government made open standards adoption a
priority for all government IT procurements. The government has stated it
has budgeted JPY1.25 trillion, or US $10.4 billion, on IT spending over the
next year and will also develop a Linux-based system for its legal
"Japanese companies and developers have been strong supporters of the LF
since Day One. We're determined to do more to support Linux and open source
developers in Japan," said Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux
Foundation. "This agreement is part of the LF's aggressive regional
promotion activities and an important way for the open source community to
continue to expand."
The analyst firm Gartner has predicted that open source software use will
continue to grow throughout Asia, with 60 percent of large and mid-size
government agencies using it in their core business processes by 2010,
compared to less than 15 percent in late 2004.
"Our two organizations are leading the adoption and use of Linux and open
source software, and by working together on joint summits, technology
developments and legal activities, we can help Japanese companies promote
the use of Linux," said Buheita Fujiwara, chairman of the
Information-technology Promotion Agency. "Japanese open source software
will continue to play a very important role in the worldwide open source
With regard to the IPA Forum 2007 and its User Conference, please visit
About the Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the
growth of Linux. Founded in 2007, the Linux Foundation sponsors the work of
Linux creator Linus Torvalds and is supported by leading Linux and open
source companies and developers from around the world. The Linux Foundation
promotes, protects and standardizes Linux by providing unified resources
and services needed for open source to successfully compete with closed
platforms. NEC, Hitachi and Fujitsu are founding members of the LF. For
more information, please visit www.linux-foundation.org.
About Information-technology Promotion Agency (IPA)
Established in 1970 by the Japanese government, IPA works to grow the
Japanese software industry through developing software technologies,
fostering IT human resources and improving the security environment. In
January 2007, IPA created the Open Source Software Center to promote
adoption of OSS. For more information, please visit www.ipa.go.jp
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