HK Engineers to Set Up Linux Resource Centre

The Hong Kong Institute of Engineers plans to set up a Linux resource centre to promote the development of Linux applications in the Special Administrative Region, a professor involved with the group said today.

The centre would provide workshops and other Linux training, as well as certification of Linux developers in Hong Kong, according to Prof. T.P. Leung of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, a former president of the Institute of Engineers. Leung expects the government to respond to the request in March.

The group last month applied for HK$2.7 million (US$347,000) in funding from the Hong Kong government's recently established Innovation and Technology Fund, Leung said in an interview at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Hong Kong 2000. The fund was set up recently to encourage innovation at universities and small companies and to nurture Hong Kong's information-technology industry. The government hopes to diversify Hong Kong's economy and secure a share of the emerging Internet industry.

Leung said some members of the Institute were inspired to promote Linux in Hong Kong when they visited developers in the Mainland and saw strong support for development there. In addition, he sees potential for Hong Kong developers to fill a need in the Linux world.

"One big problem (with Linux) is that there isn't much application software," Leung said.

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