Open Source adoption by Vietnamese government

The 5th National Seminar on Open Source software, jointly held by the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Education and Training, and the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry – VCCI, on Dec 5 revealed that 12000/20000 PCs in various government bodies are now deploying open source software such as OpenOffice, FireFox, Unikey (the tiny app that helps us type in Vietnamese), 1000/3000 servers are running Linux, and many websites are be built using open source technologies. Good news, huh?

Clearly a good move to deploy Linux on the servers and websites, that’s where Linux shines :)

It’s interesting to see how many of the 20000+ machines will be converted to Linux though. The problem is that the conversion requires a huge amount of training and support, which the government is not in a position to offer.

Hacao, a Vietnamese Linux distro based on Puppy Linux has been in development for a few years now but is coming to a halt. It’s said that the distro has received favorable endorsement from the government but I guess things don’t work out for them.

Btw, they mentioned that Linux are making considerable progress on netbooks, which might indicate that it’s getting ready for market domination :-) Finger crossed.

Hopefully at the 10th seminar, they will tell us that Linux has been widely adopted by educational and SMEs across the countries. Think big, start small, isn’t it?

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