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Xinhuanet: “CCN OSS Joint Innovation Lab” Was Formally Established

On March 21, CCN OSS Joint Innovation Lab was established, as announced by CSIP together with NUDT and Canonical, supporting company of UBUNTU. Agreement was signed and the nameplate was unveiled. Dr. Qiu Shanqin, President of COPU and Director of CSIP, Prof. Liao Xiangke, President of Computer School of NUDT, Mr. Mark Shuttleworth, founder of UBUNTU community, Prof. Lu Shouqun, Honorary President of COPU and Director of COPU expert committee, Academician Ni Guangnan, Deputy Director of COPU expert committee attended the signing ceremony. Leaders of MIIT Software Department witnessed the historical moment.

Dr. Qiu Shanqin, on behalf of CSIP, expressed congratulations for establishment of the Lab. He pointed out that, software was changing the world, where global software agreement delivery had been the mainstream and open source software and community, represented by Linux, had become the leading force. Prosperity of open source software greatly promoted innovative development of global software industry and raised overall, sustained, and great changes in global ICT field, playing a more and more important role in ICT innovation and infrastructure construction. In China, open source development has won support from governments, enterprises, and communities, and a promising future could be foreseen. It is explicitly specified in Development Plan of the Twelfth Five Year that, “support development, application, and promotion of open source software, and accelerate construction of open source-based industrial ecosystem.” CSIP has always been devoted to cooperating with other forces to establish national software public service platform, and undertaken national key project of “operating system reference realization”, aiming at researching generic technology of basic software, establishing technical reference realization, and pushing forward development and application of regulations on forward-looking technologies and generic technologies to serve for the industry. “CCN OSS Joint Innovation Lab” follows the principles of “openness, first-class, and win-win”, and gathers world leading experience in open source community operation. It welcomes more forces to contribute to open source software development by advantage complementation and optimized labor division.

President Liao Xiangke pointed out that, domestic basic software were mostly based on open source software, where few important open source software community had been accessed. Complete basic software ecological chain shall include open source software community, and entrance into the community was an important channel for making breakthrough in core techniques. He said, the Lab would promote regulated development of open source and basic software, support construction of complete national innovation system of basic software techniques, and become authoritative and open organization of open source software in China, to attract more contributors to provide good community versions and make the Lab a reliable open source software server and promote formation and development of software technique service environment in China. NUDT, which has successfully developed Tianhe-I Supercomputer that led the world, took the charge in development of good open source software programs represented by LVS, and boasted a number of open source software contributors including Mr. Zhang Wensong, had powerful scientific research ability and would support CCN to become the cradle of open source software and community.

Mr. Mark Schuttleworth is the senior consultant of COPU think tank, and also one of the first initiators of the Lab. He introduced Ubuntu Linux operating system developed based on community as led by Canonical, integrated cloud computing software platform that support multiple screens in development, OpenStack solutions and services that are based on the latest “Cloud OS” open source framework, as well as applications for mobile and PAD launched recently. Mainstream OEMs, including Lenovo, Dell, HP, and Asus, had started pre-installation of Ubunto, and engineers from Google, as well as development engineers of Android system were also using Ubuntu. What’s more, Canonical is the open source solution provider of EC2 elastic cloud architecture, the de facto standard of Amazon cloud service, and offers the software platform for the influential development of OpenStack which is adopted in cloud computer of HP and Dell. Mark represented that, “UbuntuKylin is a new version launched by CSIP, NUDT, and community engineers, for purpose of satisfying demands of Chinese PC users. We are glad to provide quality PC environment of high safety for China, and hopes to reach cooperation in desktop end, server end, cloud end, and mobile device end, etc..”

Experts including Prof. Lu Shouqun and Academician Ni Guangnan held that, the cooperation with world communities and organizations to develop open source software or group software based on the global collaborated network platform had proved successful, which could help to develop quality software in an efficient manner and obtain necessary authorization and compliance with reasonable exemption of intellectual property risks. And, it would facilitate talent communication and cooperation. The Lab, based on existing community achievements and globally-shared wisdom, might start work from developing localized features, for example, reinforcing information security, optimizing Chinese and multi-language support, developing common applications and tools, and optimizing support of domestic CPU such as Loongson.

By establishing the Lab, industrial constraints in education, research, industry, and community have been broken, which will contribute to collaborative innovation of public service agencies, international communities, colleges, universities, research institutes, and enterprises. Accumulation of open, international, and original innovation ability and exploration of technical innovation and service mode will make significant contribution to great-leap-forward development of open source software and community and even national software industry of China.