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Portlock & Chinese Government-Backed Unit Join OSDL

Portlock & Chinese Government-Backed Unit Join OSDL

The Beijing Software Testing Center (BSTC), a two-year-old Chinese government-backed science and technology group, has joined the Open Source Development Lab, the consortium's second Chinese recruit.

OSDL says BSTC is China's largest software testing entity and plans to focus on developing and testing Linux' international features.

The Beijing Government Science and Technology Commission and the Beijing Products Quality and Inspection Institute started BSTC and chartered it to regulate the domestic software development market, improve the R&D capabilities of local Chinese companies and prepare software for export to the global market.

China's total software exports came to $2 billion last year, up a third by China's count.

Meanwhile, an outfit by the name of Portlock, one of Novell's disciples, has followed it into the OSDL.

Portlock does storage management software for Novell's hereditary flagship NetWare, but now that that raft has been swamped, Portlock, like Novell, is going Linux and says it has a Linux beta of its stuff ready for customers considering the NetWare-Linux jump.

It's supposed to participate in OSDL's Data Center working group.

Portlock's stock-in-trade includes server-to-server migration and disaster recovery software. The company's got headquarters in Butte, Montana, and London.

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