The Chinese have signed up to the Free Standards Group's Linux Standards Base certification process. Chinese Linux products will now be certified by a central lab that has signed up to the Linux Standards Base. This is a specification designed to allow software companies to verify Linux distributions and applications.

"By participating in the LSB, MII expects that the Chinese IT industry will improve competitive advantage through technology innovation and internal collaboration and will expand global market opportunities," said Han Jun, deputy director of the Ministry of Information Industry science and technology department.