I am back to Beijing after an absence of almost four years. This time I will have a week to spend, with a standards conference anchoring the trip, but a little more sight seeing time and a number of meetings set up by friends.
I started with a great meeting with Mingbao Liu, CEO of Beijing SunWah Future Software, and the makers of the SunWah Linux distro.
It was good to get his perspectives on his Linux and software businesses in China. China is definitely booming, and everything feels very different from the last time I was here. It's not simply a feeling of busier times, but more sophisticated times.
I next had the privilege of meeting with Professor Lu Shou Qun, chairman of the China Open Source Software Promotion Union (COPU). He had many questions for me about standards, open source and IPR, based on my eclectic background. He shared his views on the importance of open source software to China's future. I also had the pleasure of seeing his "wall of fame" collection of photographs. Many people responsible for the successful communities and companies we take for granted in the open source world have visited with Professor Lu.
(L-to-R: Professor Yuan Meng, me, Professor Lu Shou Qun, Theresa Tang.)