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[News] Vietnam Already Rushes to Free Software/Open Source

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Vietnam to widely use open source software

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| Vietnams Ministry of Information and Communications has instructed that 100% 
| of all of Vietnams government agencies servers must run free software by June 
| 30, 2009. They also mandate that IT divisions train their staff to use this 
| software and require 50% of the drones to be able to use the 
| technology “proficiently”.    


Going as planned.


Vietnam mandates government adoption of open source

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| Vietnam's Ministry of Information and Communications is aiming to migrate the
| country's government to open source software by the end of 2010. The
| ambitious plan, which was reported Wednesday by VietnamNet calls for rapid
| adoption of open source software and extensive training to ensure that IT
| staff and government employees will be able to adjust to the change.


Vietnam goes "100 per cent open source" by 2010

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| Vietnam's government is going "100 per cent open source". VietnamNet Bridge
| reports that the Vietnam Ministry of Information and Communications has set
| out an aggressive policy to go "100 per cent open source" by December 31st
| 2010.


Vietnam to widely use open source software

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| The Ministry of Information and Communications has issued an instruction on
| using open source software products at state agencies.
| Accordingly, by June 30, 2009, 100% of servers of IT divisions of government
| agencies must be installed with open source software; 100% of staffs at these
| IT divisions must be trained in the use of these software products and at
| least 50% use them proficiently.
| IT divisions at government agencies comprise the IT departments of ministries
| and government agencies, provincial and municipal Departments of Information
| and Communications.
| [...]
| The instruction also said that by December 31, 2009, 70% of servers of
| ministries’ agencies and local state agencies must be installed with the
| above open source software products and 70% of IT staff trained in using this
| software; and at least 40% able to use the software in their work.


FPT Linux Mirror in Vietnam

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| Thanks to pclouds for sharing this link with me.  I heard rumors about it but
| finally there is a FPT-sponsored Linux mirror in Vietnam.  That is great
| news!!!


Local open-source developers go global

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| Viet Nam’s open-source developers have joined Moblin.org, an international
| open-source community by adding a Vietnamese interface on the website as well
| as launching a competition among Vietnamese coders.


Ministry encourages open source software

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| HA NOI — The Ministry of Information and Communications has recommended that
| state agencies use four open source software products – Open Office,
| Thunderbird, Firefox and Unikey.  


The Haven for Linux

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| VietNamNet Bridge – It is the less-known name in the local information
| technology industry, but Linux is poised to become the most-used solution for
| the IT community, given the blessing from authorities.  



Vietnam Chooses Open Source to Offset Piracy

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| A ministry official refused to comment on whether the move was made as a
| means of reducing software infringement in Vietnam or stimulating demand for
| research.  


Hacao Classmate PC lands in Vietnam

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| With a 7” screen, its own version of Linux, 1GB of flash storage, a 900MHz
| processor and 256MB of RAM it has landed in Vietnam for the low, low price of
| $250, if you are a student. The screen has an 800×480 resolution and the
| system has a 400MHz bus, I also left out the 802.11b/g WiFi that is stuffed
| in there somewhere.    


Ministry encourages open source software

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| The Ministry of Information and Communications has recommended state agencies
| use four open source software products - Open Office, Thunderbird, Firefox
| and Unikey.  


Hacao Classmate PC avaiable ! [and Vietnam grows on OpenOffice.org]

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| Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
| Hot news from Vietnam here...


Students using PCLinuxOS in Vietnam

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| Finally, I decided to test PCLinuxOS with my students. Wow, amazing. Finally
| a Linux distro that the majority of my students actually liked using. It ran
| faster than any of the other Linux distros they tried and easily connected to
| the internet from inside the school (they like to read Yahoo 360 blogs in
| class). They figured out how to use Konquerer to browse around the different
| directories in their laptops without me even telling them. As with Macbooks,
| the Desktop GUI was easy to learn. Thus, I decided to use PCLinuxOS.      


Intel's OLPC-killer heads for Vietnamese retailers

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| The "Hacao Classmate PC" is based on Intel's Classmate PC design, and will
| come pre-installed with Hacao Linux, a Vietnamese-language Linux distribution
| based on Puppy Linux.  


Vietsoftware join forces with Asianux


Hacao Linux 2.16 Professional released


Sun shares its technology with Vietnam's open source community


State [Vietnam] promotes use of shareware


Vietnam gives priority to open source software


Open-source software offers affordable option


Microsoft/Intel Lobbying against Free software:

Software copyright purchase: no monopoly in Govt agencies

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| Free open source software is encouraged for use in not only
| government agencies but in the whole of society as well. The
| purchase of Microsoft software copyright will help promote
| the wider use of open source software. If using illegal
| commercial software without having to pay fees, nobody
| would think of using open source software.


Vietnam is to pay billions of dollars for software copyrights

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| If office software such as Windows and Office is used, the total
| amount for 6 million PCs will be 3 billion USD (600 million x 500 USD).
| And the government may have to pay about 1 billion USD to buy
| software copyrights for its 2 million employees.


Open-source software offers affordable option

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| Reducing the widespread use of pirated software in Viet Nam will be
| an uphill struggle because of the high costs of legal software
| products, according to industry experts.
| But if shop owners, government offices and local consumers adopt
| open-source software -- which is essentially free -- piracy could fall
| dramatically, they added.
| [...]
| The government may in the future set up a unit within the Department
| of Post and Telematics that would assist consumers in the use of
| open-source software.


Vietnam's Communist Party gets help from Intel

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| The Communist Party's decision to use open-source software matches a
| wider Vietnamese government effort. In 2004, the government announced
| plans to promote the use of open-source software in a bid to reduce its
| IT costs and promote the development of the local software industry.

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