The Emergence of Open-Source Software in China
Guohua Pan, Grant MacEwan College ; Curtis J. Bonk, Indiana University
IRRODL Volume 8, Number 1, ISSN 1492-3831 Publisher: Athabasca University Press
The open-source software movement is gaining increasing momentum in China. Of the limited numbers of open-source software in China, Red Flag Linux stands out most strikingly, commanding 30 percent share of Chinese software market. Unlike the spontaneity of open-source movement in North America, open-source software development in China, such as Red Flag Linux, is an orchestrated activity wherein different levels of government play a vital role in sponsoring, incubating, and using open-source software, most conspicuously, Red Flag Linux. While there are no reports on open-source course management system in China, there are reports on the study and use of Western open-source course management systems for instruction and learning in Chinese higher education institutions. This paper discusses the current status of open-source software in China, including open-source course management software and associated tools and resources. Importantly, it describes the development model of Red Flag Linux, the most successful open-source software initiative in China. In addition, it explores the possibility of Chinese higher education institutions joining efforts to develop China’s own open-source course management system using the open-source development model established in North America. A timeline of major open-source projects of significance underway in China is provided. The paper concludes with a discussion of the potential for applying the open-source software development model to open and distance education in China.
Pan, G. & Bonk, C.J. (2007). The Emergence of Open-Source Software in China. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 8(1),. Athabasca University Press.
ReferencesView References & Citations Map
These references have been extracted automatically and may have some errors. Signed in users can suggest corrections to these mistakes.Suggest Corrections to References
Cited ByView References & Citations Map
Gülay Ekren, Sinop University, Turkey; Evrim Genç Kumtepe, Anadolu University, Turkey
Global Learn 2016 (Apr 28, 2016) pp. 346–351
Ann Auman, University of Hawaii, United States; Jianping Lu, Zhejiang University, China
Global Learn 2011 (Mar 28, 2011) pp. 572–577
These links are based on references which have been extracted automatically and may have some errors. If you see a mistake, please contact email@example.com.