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March 31, 2005

OSDL Names First Korean Member

The Open Source Development Labs (osdl.org), a global consortium dedicated to the adoption of Linux, announced on Monday that Korea's Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute would participate in the Lab's Carrier Grade Linux and Data Center Linux working groups as OSDL's first Korean member.

ETRI is currently leading the Linux innovation and adoption in Asia, one of the world's hotspots for open source software activity. In April 2004, the governments of Korea, Japan, and China came together to promote Linux as an alternative operating system and formed the Open Source Software Promotion Forum. ETRI is an integral part of this unique cooperation among Asian economic competitors and is actively developing and promoting Linux in the Korean market.

"ETRI is committed to the development of Linux technologies for business and consumers in Korea and around the world," says Sung In Jung, team leader of ETRI. "We're looking forward to working with our peers in the OSDL Carrier Grade Linux working group and contributing our 25 years of experience in computer and telecommunications systems research to advancing Linux."

According to technology analyst firm IDC, Linux software revenue in the Asian market outside of Japan will increase at a compound annual growth rate of 82.5 percent between 2004 and 2008, with revenue rising 78.6 percent in 2005 alone. IDC forecasts the region's overall telecommunications service revenue to increase by 11 percent in 2005 to $163 billion.

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