Why is Asia not open to open source?
One of the main draws--and selling point--of open source technology is its much celebrated developer ecosystem. But, according to an industry expert, this community spirit seems to be lacking in Asia.
In Singapore this week, co-founder of open source MySQL database David Axmark, observed that while more Asian companies are adopting open source technology, few are volunteering to provide related services.
So, businesses in the region have to rely on global open source vendors and settle for products that may not be customized to their market's needs. Or, they'll have to pay and wait for the vendors to tweak their products and integrate additional components that are localized for the Asian market.
Axmark wasn't able to explain the lack of developer participation and the shortage of companies willing to step up and offer services to support open source adoption in the region--though he did add that these skills weren't lacking in Asia.