China is a magical place. It is huge in population and area. As a result of history it is only recently catching up to global technology trends but doing so very rapidly. Today, much of the world’s technology is manufactured there and local markets for these products are exploding.
As a barometer of growth of GNU/Linux in emerging markets, China is a leading indicator. They consume the vast quantities of IT that they produce. GNU/Linux is popular globally but only India, Indonesia and Europe come anywhere close to the popularity of GNU/Linux in China.
Looking at the diversity of products produced in China with GNU/Linux, one can find literally hundreds of small, medium and large manufacturers and many thousands of products.
It is amazing to see markets less locked into monopoly than in Canada (for example):
Judging by this I expect many more years of growth and a good share for GNU/Linux on computers of all kinds in China. I expect that the wide availability of GNU/Linux pre-installed in China will eventually reach the rest of the world. Certainly the BRIC countries will go that way and I don’t see any downturn in popularity of GNU/Linux in other parts of the world. It’s growing everywhere.