The open source market in France grew to $1.07 billion in 2007, according to Pierre Audoin Conseil, a 66 percent increase over the previous year. Similar growth is occurring in other European countries as well, it seems. The Open Source Alliance has opened a European chapter to "cater to varying regulatory environments and cultural differences," according to LinuxWorld.
The Open Source Alliance formed last year to address interoperability in open source tools, and interoperability will remain its focus even as other area chapters are formed, the story indicates. Along with the European chapter (members of which include OpenBravo, Onepoint and Talend), the OSA is also planning Asian and Latin American chapters.