Feeds

Chinese take sip of Linux tea

XTeam's penguin push

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Bridging the IT gap between rising business demands and ageing tools

XTeam, a Linux software developer, will list on Hong Kong's Growth Enterprise Market today, as part of its bid to push penguin-power into Mainland China.

Having shifted its focus from trying to attain market share on the desktop level, the company is now hoping to target the burgeoning server market in the region, using the HK$21 million (nearly £1.9 million) raised to open an office in Shanghai (its existing head office is in Beijing), expand its product development and set up a training and certification programme.

Typically, Linux has a price advantage over Microsoft software, being free, but this advantage is lost in China where most people either buy or download pirate versions of the software. On this level-playing field and with Microsoft having coded better Chinese support into its software, its applications tend to be more popular, says Lawrence Sheed, a Shanghai-based Webmaster.

According to him, most Microsoft applications are easily available in shops for about one dollar, about 50 cents more than the average cost of a blank CD there. For the download option, a quick check on a Chinese warez site confirms a long list of the newest applications from various software companies easily available for download.

However, with Microsoft ramping up its efforts to legitimise software and curb the rampant piracy problem in the region - most notably by recently convincing four major PC makers to bundle legal versions of Windows XP in their consumer PCs - Linux could improve its position in the market.

To do so, it needs people on the ground in major cities to support it, as well partnering with and influencing systems integrators and data centre operators to recommend Linux to their customers, which is precisely what XTeam plans to do.

It's not going to be an easy ride; the company faces stiff competition from other Chinese-language Linux developers.

Only a tiny fraction of the estimated 260,000 servers sold in China last year brandished the Linux flag, with Red Flag, TurboLinux and XTeam comprising about 70 per cent of the fledgling Linux market, reports the South China Morning Post. ®

Related Stories

Chinese PC makers flirt with Windows
China closes 17,488 Net cafes

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
UK Parliament rubber-stamps EMERGENCY data grab 'n' keep bill
Just 49 MPs oppose Drip's rushed timetable
ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US
Land of the (get off scot) free, when it's a foreign owner
Samsung threatens to cut ties with supplier over child labour allegations
Vows to uphold 'zero tolerance' policy on underage workers
Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash
1. Buy PC with Bitcoin. 2. Mine more coins. 3. Goto step 1
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
US freemium mobile network eyes up Europe
FreedomPop touts 'free' calls, texts and data
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.