Firefox To Launch Open Source Browser To Seize Chinese Market

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| Guo Yuanzheng, general manager of Mozilla Online Ltd, a China-based
| subsidiary of the Mozilla Corporation that is in charge of promoting Firefox
| in China, has told the local media that Firefox will soon start a new
| campaign to seize more market share in China.


China's Firefox growth kicks Aussies off top user list

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| Australia has missed out making it into a list of countries containing the
| most Firefox users, with the number of Chinese users of the browser taking
| over Australian ones between November and December. *
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| "China is the fastest growing locale in relative share," Schroepfer said.

Mozilla Takes on Microsoft in China

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| Internet Explorer has held a virtual monopoly on the mainland, home to 160
| million Internet users. Now, Firefox is pushing for more market share

Firefox Combines Baidu Search Engine

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| The Mozilla project's launch by Netscape in 1998 was a defining moment for
| the open source movement. Mozilla continues to be a leader and partner in
| open source development, providing low cost and alternative choices for
| technology. And, with millions of users, Mozilla is one of the largest
| distributors of open source software. * *


Microsoft browser rival Mozilla eyes China

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| California-based Mozilla already has a presence in China via a
| not-for-profit foundation supporting open-source software
| projects, but the Beijing office will be its first real
| corporate presence, Mozilla Chief Operating Officer John Lilly said on
| Friday.
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| Mozilla employs 100 staff worldwide, but has a much larger
| community of volunteers who test, tweak and share open-source
| software such as Linux, on which Firefox is based.
| Mozilla operates through tie-ups with Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc.,
| targeting individual Web surfers, while open-source heavyweight
| and main Linux distributor Red Hat Inc. and, recently,
| Oracle Corp., target corporate clients.

China gets into the FOSS groove

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| If there is mass take-up of free and open source software in any
| country over the next few years, that country is likely to be China.

Will cash solve China's 'community' problem?

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| The government, I learnt, as well as universities are also
| forming communities, which are sponsored and intended to attract
| talented developers, or more, to point the contributors to the
| cause of the sponsor. The government mainly funds the top open
| source companies in China--those being Red Flag, Turbo Linux and
| Sun Wah, and these groups in turn need to devote a portion of
| their funding to the government initiative to promote skills in
| this area. It makes sense because how can the government grow
| its infrastructure if there is no skilled labor to develop and
| support it?

China's Linux industry booms, despite problems

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| According to Lu Shouqun, China's sale of Linux was 175 million yuan
| ($21 million) in 2005, increasing 81% compared with the previous year.
| The sale of other open source software that year was 160 million
| yuan ($19 million). In the operating system market, the share of
| Linux increased from 4.2% to 9.8% between 2003 and 2005.