China Mobile, who is is the world’s largest telecom operator by market value has become a Gold member of the Linux Foundation, marking the first time a Chinese enterprise has joined The Linux Foundation.

“China Mobile’s decision to join The Linux Foundation and their commitment to Linux could represent a seismic step toward a realignment of OSes in China and in the telecommunications industry,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “For The Linux Foundation, the opportunity to present Linux as a choice to 560 million users is a power-packed proposition.”

Bill Huang, General Manager of China Mobile Research Institute, stated: “China Mobile recognizes The Linux Foundation as the world’s foremost nonprofit Linux organization, the focal point for Linux technology, standardization and innovation. We see enormous value in the open architecture of the Linux system and look forward to contributing to Linux on a global scale.”

Many of the largest Chinese Internet companies – Sina, Shanda, Baidu, Taobao, Netease, and others – are using Linux because of its open architecture, stability and performance. In addition, several hardware manufacturers, such as Huawei and Lenovo, are shipping Linux-based routers, servers, notebooks, mobile phones, and other products.

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