[LINK] Vietnamese Government to use Open Source

Tom Worthington Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Sat Jan 10 09:50:59 AEDT 2009

Agencies of the Vietnamese Government have been directed to use Open 
Source Software in 2009. It seems that a similar directive was issued 
some time ago, but the government isn't happy with the pace of 
implementation and so has made the ruling firmer. One reason is to 
combat piracy of Microsoft software:

Implementation Decision 235/2004/QD-TTg dated 02 3 2004 by the Prime 
Minister approved the project on the overall application and 
development of open source software in Vietnam period 2004-2008, the 
Ministry of Information Information and Communications has issued the 
list of products open source software to meet the requirements for 
the organization to the state (including software: OpenOffice office, 
e-mail on Mozilla stations Thunderbird, the Mozilla Firefox web browser ...

     Latest to 30/6/2009, ensure 100% workstation unit responsible 
for IT Department and TT & TT installed, 100% staff is trained, using 
the instructions in the minimum 50% of staff can use the expertise in 
the job and can help guide the units under other ministries, 
departments, provinces and cities.

     Latest date to 31/12/2009, ensure 70% workstation in the units 
under ministries, departments, provinces, cities are installed, 70% 
of staff are trained, guided to use, in which at least 40% of staff 
use the software in the above work.

     There are plans to gradually increase the population of 
documents, materials, information exchange within the agencies, units 
of the ministries, departments, provincial, city editor, handled by 
the software mentioned above, ensure 31/12/2010 to most staff in the 
agencies, units of the ministries, departments, provinces, cities 
using the software in the above work. ...


From: Directive on promoting use of open source software in 
activities of agencies, organisations of the state (translation by 
Google), Ministry of Information and Communications, Socialist 
Republic of Vietnam, 07 /2008 
<http://www.mic.gov.vn/lawfiles/1135892.doc> (translation by Google).

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