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Country Report from Taiwan on Open Source Software. Dr. Der-Tsai Lee Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica Asian Open Source Software Symposium March 3-6, 2003 Phuket, Thailand. Outline. Current Status of OSS Development in Taiwan Applications of OSS Technology

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country report from taiwan on open source software

Country Report from Taiwanon Open Source Software

Dr. Der-Tsai LeeInstitute of Information Science, Academia Sinica

Asian Open Source Software Symposium

March 3-6, 2003

Phuket, Thailand

  • Current Status of OSS Development in Taiwan
  • Applications of OSS Technology
  • National Strategy on OSS
  • Government-funded OSS-related Projects
  • Conclusion


oss in taiwan a brief overview
OSS in Taiwan: A Brief Overview
  • Free software was first noticed in university campuses in Taiwan a decade ago when the GNU utilities started to spread out on the Unix-like workstations.
  • The community awareness of OSS was gradually formed later.


watershed events of oss in taiwan
Watershed events of OSS in Taiwan
  • The creation of the Chinese Linux Extension (CLE) project in 1997
    • the most referenced Linux environment in Taiwan
    • a cohesive point for the community.
  • Wide range of tryouts of free software
  • Tightening of IPR law in May 2002
    • Media and legislator’s attention to free software


industrial utilization of oss in taiwan
Industrial Utilization of OSS in Taiwan
  • Industry started catching up OSS activities in 1998-1999.
    • Linux-oriented companies established.
    • The first Linux exhibition in Taiwan was held in year 2000.
    • Now mostly dived into the embedded system, 3 Linux PDAs were shown in LinuxExpo 2002.
    • Many hardware companies have products with Linux device driver.


oss community in taiwan
OSS Community in Taiwan
  • Software Liberty Association of Taiwan (SLAT)
    • an NPO Founded in 2001, dedicated to promoting OSS and serving the free software communities.
    • Holds annual International Conference on Open Source (ICOS) and many other community-oriented events.
  • Various Active User Groups


applications of oss technology industry
Applications of OSS Technology - Industry
  • Servers (for web, e-mail, ... etc)
  • Network products (router, Quality of Service device, load-balancing device, firewall, ... etc)
  • PDAs (including software development kit based on WinCE, Qt embedded or Gtk)
  • Appliances (digital VCR, ... etc)


applications of oss technology community
Applications of OSS Technology - Community
  • Desktop:
    • Internationalization/localization (i18n/l10n) of packages
    • Font management tools
    • CD-ROM linux (knoppix and alike)
    • ... etc
  • Web framework:
    • Zope/CMF/Plone, Perl/Python/PHP, i18n/l10n framework, blog, ... etc


oss role among sectors in taiwan
OSS Role among Sectors in Taiwan

Drawn by T,-C. Liu, based on the Chinese version of P.Yeh and C.-K.Hung


national strategy on oss
National Strategy on OSS
  • Build an environment for free software industry development
    • Cultivate expertise and advanced technologies
    • Chinese IT applications: establish interface standards and develop fundamental software
    • Promote free software exchange
    • QoS measurement mechanism
    • Promote nation-wide utilization of free software
    • Free software as an alternative based on free competition principle under Government Procurement Act


government funded oss related projects 2
Government-funded OSS-related Projects 2
  • Government formed a Linux promotion task force in 2001.
  • Approx. NT$20M was funded for linux research and open source for science education in 2002 (National Science Council)
  • Grants for technological research indirectly related to Linux reached NT$60M in 2002
  • Promotion of open source in K-9 schools started in 2002.


government funded oss related projects 1
Government-funded OSS-related Projects 1
  • A Free Software Steering Committee is formed within NICI
  • A Free Software Working Committee is formed under MoEAIDB
  • Several projects are under discussion and review for FY2003.
    • Open source software foundry
    • Compatibility test center
    • Demonstration projects
    • Open source standards development
    • … etc


open source software foundry
Open Source Software Foundry
  • A bridge among government, industry, community and academia.
  • Focus on building an infrastructure for open source development.
    • A foundry similar to for local developers to interact in local languages.
    • Provide technical, operational and legal assistance
    • National repository of e-government related projects
  • strive to help government with procurement of open source solutions/services, and help industry find proficient open source personnel
  • Lead by Academia Sinica.



OSSF Network



-national lab -university








-standards groups -service nexus -IA


oss compatibility test center
OSS Compatibility Test Center
  • Provide standardized tests on open source software compatibility on hardware
  • Strive to leverage with OSS the strong and diverse hardware industry in Taiwan
  • Lead by Taipei Computer Association


  • Taiwanese OSS development in historical perspective
  • Form a cross-governmental unit to strengthen OSS development in Taiwan
  • Set up localized OSS foundry to interact with different sectors
  • Leverage with local IA industry


thank you
Thank You!

Contact Info: Der-Tsai Lee

IIS, Academia Sinica, Taiwan


Open Source Software Foundry <>