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OSCC MAMPU Oct-Nov 2009 E-Newsletter

  1. 1. Monthly Newsletter OSCC Quarterly Newsletter Bil. 8/2009 October - November 2009 MyGOSSCON 2009 – WOW!!! Putrajaya 9 November 2009. The recent Malaysian Government OSS Conference (MyGOSSCON) 2009 was described by most as a roaring success. MAMPU wowed the 805 participants with the most comprehensive and interactive events and activities yet in this third successive MyGOSSCON held on 4-6 November at Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC), Putrajaya. Inside ● MyGOSSCON 2009 – WOW!!! ● Competitive Spirit Abounds at Conference ● OSS Case Study Internationally Accredited ● Government Agencies Getting More With less Y.B. Senator Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Koon, Minister in the Prime Minister's ● World OSS News Department officiating MyGOSSCON 2009 on 5th November 2009 Updates The full-fledged conference was officiated on 5 November by Y.B. Senator Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Koon, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department. The OSCC Newsletter covers the latest conference featured 8 sessions covering 45 papers from a large repertoire of issues and updates related to Open Source Software in Malaysia. local and international speakers; 41 OSS showcase exhibition booths from OSCC Newsletter is developed by public and private sector organisations; and several new activities such as Open Source Competency Centre, the 24-hour OSS Web Development Contest, OpenOffice.org Competition, MAMPU. MAMPU, is the central and Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) and Lightning Talks sessions. agency responsible for leading change and modernisation in the public service. MAMPU's Open MyGOSSCON 2009 was attended by high profile officials from private and Source Competency Centre is first public sectors, including MAMPU's Director General, Multimedia and single point of reference for Development Corporation (MDeC), PIKOM, Business Chambers and a support and guidance in the implementation of Open Source delegation from Nile Center for Technology Research (NCTR), Sudan Software in the Public Sector. For accompanied by His Excellency, Ambassador of Sudan in Malaysia. more information visit http://www.oscc.org.my or The interactive conference successfully created an environment which saw contact@oscc.org.my participants exchanging knowledge and ideas, as well as sharing This document is released under a innovations in various exciting activities. The conference achieved Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 unparalleled successes in capturing and embodying the inherent energy of License Malaysia. http://creativecommons.org/licenses OSS and its vibrant communities. /by/2.5/my/ The keynote sessions were on Global Trends and Opportunities, Transforming for the New Economic Order, Shaping a Dynamic Public 1
  2. 2. Monthly Newsletter OSCC Quarterly Newsletter Bil. 8/2009 October - November 2009 Service through OSS and a closing keynote by the President of the Open Upcoming Training Source Initiative (OSI), Mr. Michael Tiemann, whose work led to world- leading open source technologies and formed the first open source December 7, 2009 business model. Using MyMeeting Concurrent sessions were separated into Government, Business and December 7 - 10 , 2009 Technology tracks, drawing on key local and international speakers from Australia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Netherlands, Singapore, Sudan and Linux Network Administration USA, each of whom shared experiences in these sessions. Among the To register, please visit: highlights included keynote talks on OSS being used for Presidential elections in Indonesia and the use of OSS for Geographical Information http://www.oscc.org.my/cont System (GIS) in town and country planning in Malaysia. ent/view/9/15/ To-date there are a total of 546 agencies implementing OSS, which represents a 10-fold increase since the inception of the OSS Programme in Highlights 2004. OSSRA MyGOSSCON 2009 was officially closed by the Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia, Y. Bhg. Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan at the start of Open Source Software the Awards Dinner on the evening of 6 November. This concluding event Reference Architecture is was yet another phenomenal success, distinguished by high profile officials available for download from from private sector and Government, including MAMPU's Director General, OSCC Portal. MDeC, PIKOM, and Business Chambers who were present to participate in For more information, please the closing and awards presentation ceremonies. visit http://www.oscc.org.my/ content/view/201/243/ WAG Web Application Guidelines is available for download from OSCC Portal. For more information, please visit http://www.oscc.org.my/ content/view/202/246/ OSS Adoption Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia, Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Support/Update Hassan giving a closing speech during Appreciation dinner on 6th November 2009 For support and update, please contact 03- 83191200 Also in attendance were executives from local and international or marketing@oscc.org.my. organisations such as Novell, Red Hat, The MediaShoppe, Microsoft, Alternatively, please McAfee, Abyres MSC, First Solution, Conatus, local and international download and send in the speakers. completed feedback form via email/fax 03- 83193206. The awards ceremony kicked off with the presentation of Best Exhibitor Award going to Novell Corporation in recognition of its winning efforts for its For more info, Please visit OSS showcase exhibition booth. http://www.oscc.org.my/cont ent/view/227/139/ 2
  3. 3. Monthly Newsletter OSCC Quarterly Newsletter Bil. 8/2009 October - November 2009 The presentation of awards continued with the Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia, Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan presenting Resources tokens of appreciation to the ICT organisations in recognition of their continuing support for the OSS Programme and making MyGOSSCON OSS Implementation 2009 a resounding success. All finalists and winners of the OSS Case Guidelines Study Awards and 24-HR OSS WebDev Contest were presented with OSS Implementation awards and certificates acknowledging their innovative and effective OSS Guidelines is available for implementation and web development. download from OSCC portal. http://www.oscc.org.my/cont Competitive Spirit Abounds at Conference ent/view/25/208/ All the competition events held in conjunction with MyGOSSCON 2009 achieved overwhelming success in bringing out the inherent energy of OSCC Mailing list OSS. To stay abreast of latest OSS The first ever 24-hour OSS Web Development Contest was officiated by news and to receive email MAMPU Deputy Director General, ICT, Y. Brs Dr. Nor Aliah Binti Mohd Zahri notification, please subscribe at 11.00 a.m on 4 November and closed by Y.B. Senator Tan Sri Dr. Koh to our mailing lists at: Tsu Koon. http://lists.oscc.org.my/mailm Five teams selected as finalists to receive certificates were Bitfluent (OSS an/listinfo community), KRIMnet, Ready To Go (Jabatan Peguam Negara), SUK Terengganu and WALTS6 (Universiti Sains Malaysia). e-Marketplace Bitfluent won this event with WALTS6 and SUK Terengganu as 1 st and 2nd runners-up respectively. In addition, the NuLogic from UiTM was awarded Government agencies can the Best Student Team Award. now post service requests and find service providers with the new e-Marketplace. http://knowledge.oscc.org.my /e-marketplace Knowledge Bank Open Source Competency Centre, MAMPU's Knowledge Bank is a public Community of Practice area for Open Source Software Implementors. For further information and to be part of the community, please visit http://knowledge.oscc.org.my Y.B. Senator Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Koon visiting a contest team before closing the 24-HR OSS WebDev Contest on 5th November 2009 3
  4. 4. Monthly Newsletter OSCC Quarterly Newsletter Bil. 8/2009 October - November 2009 For the National OSS Case Study Awards, three finalists were selected from each of the two award categories - the Public Sector agency and IPTA Upcoming (Public Institutions of Higher Learning). Events The winner for category of Public Sector agency was Jabatan Perancangan Bandar dan Desa, Semenanjung Malaysia with case study entitled “Establishing Quantum GIS as the principal GIS for the Public Sector”. OSS Opportunity Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam and Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi were the Workshops two runners-up in this category. Registration is now open for For the category of IPTA, Advanced Medical and Dental Institute (AMDI), agencies not implementing Universiti Sains Malaysia emerged as winner with case study entitled any OSS. A series of 10 “Open Source Integrated Library System (KOHA)”. The two runners-up for Workshops will be held this category were Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia and Universiti monthly until December 09. Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Shah Alam. To register, please call 03- OpenOffice.org competition was held for Putrajaya primary schools, with 83191200 or email student teams challenged to prepare creative presentations on the theme, marketing@oscc.org.my “1 Malaysia – People First, Performance Now”. The 3 finalists in this competition were: ➢ Sekolah Kebangsaan Putrajaya Presint 9(1) - 1st Place Contact Us: ➢ Sekolah Kebangsaan Putrajaya Presint 9(2) - 2nd Place Open Source Competency Centre MAMPU ➢ Sekolah Kebangsaan Putrajaya Presint 14(1) - 3rd Place 3rd Floor, APT E302-304 The winning team presented to Y.B. Senator Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Koon who Enterprise Building 3 then congratulated them on their achievements at OSCC MAMPU Persiaran APEC, 63000 exhibition booth after the prize giving ceremony on 5 November. Cyberjaya Tel: 03-83191200 or email: contact@oscc.org.my Case Study Internationally Accredited The winner of the 2009 OSS Case Study Award for IPTA category, Advanced Medical and Dental Institute, Universiti Sains Malaysia (AMDI, USM) recently achieved another significant milestone when its OSS Case Study entitled “Open Source Integrated Library System (KOHA)” received accreditation from the Koha community in Taiwan. The community requested permission from AMDI, USM to translate the OSS case study to traditional Chinese and post the case study at KOHA community related websites for users' reference. The community envisions that the case study will encourage and help more institutes to build their own or adopt KOHA within their libraries. They further commended AMDI, USM for providing proof of the usefulness and low cost of maintaining the KOHA Integrated Library System. Koha is an integrated library system (ILS) and was the first open source solution in this area. Koha was created in 1999 by Katipo Communications for the Horowhenua Library Trust in New Zealand. 4
  5. 5. Monthly Newsletter OSCC Quarterly Newsletter Bil. 8/2009 October - November 2009 AMDI, USM successfully customised the Open Source Integrated Library System to accommodate its specific needs. KOHA was commended for its low maintenance cost and ability to control operations such as making changes, system customization, data retrieval tests and system deployment. Total cost savings of over RM 1.3 million can be realised based on a 5-year projected cost savings analysis conducted by AMDI, USM. Government Agencies Getting More With Less MAMPU continues to proactively encourage and inspire more Public Sector agencies to implement OSS by presenting a paper on “Getting More with Less Through OSS” in the recent I.T Showcase Asia Conference at Berjaya Time Square on 6 - 7 October 2009. Madam Tan giving her talk at I.T Showcase Asia on 7 October 2009 Citing the eight OSCC products developed using OSS, the Deputy Director, ICT Planning and Policy Division, MAMPU, Madam Tan King Ing stressed that Open Source Software (OSS) enables government agencies to do more with less. “Malaysia does not want to buy a package and use only a few modules but we'd rather develop our own software for our own use and OSS enables us build the software once and use it on many platforms by all agencies without having to pay license fees,” said Madam Tan. In an effort to further widen the use of OSS in Public Sector, Madam Tan highlighted some of the free services offered by OSCC MAMPU to Public Sector agencies such as OSCC products and services, comprehensive training courses, OSS Development Toolkit, Advanced Virtualisation Facility and OpenOffice.org Migration Pack. 5
  6. 6. Monthly Newsletter OSCC Quarterly Newsletter Bil. 8/2009 October - November 2009 World OSS News Updates 1. Linux saves networks from disastrous virus attack According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the computer networks of Australian power supplier, Integral Energy were recently attacked by a nasty virus, affecting all its facility's 1,000 computers, which had to be repaired. Integral Energy quickly swapped the infected Windows boxes for machines running Linux to prevent the virus from taking over all the operator displays in the control room. Fortunately, their power grid control servers run on Solaris that eventually saved the day. For full story, please visit: http://www.engadget.com/2009/10/08/australian-power-grid-attacked-by-virus-linux-saves-the-day/ 2. Linux endorsed as safe for Internet Banking According to cybercrime experts from Australia, Linux or the Apple iPhone was endorsed as the safe systems to use for Internet Banking. Detective Inspector Bruce van der Graaf from the NSW Computer Crime Investigation Unit gave evidence on the security feature provided by Linux at a public hearing in Sydney. "If you are using the internet for a commercial transaction, use a Linux boot up disk - such as Ubuntu or some of the other flavours. Puppylinux is a nice small distribution that boots up fairly quickly. "It gives you an operating system which is perfectly clean and operates only in the memory of the computer and is a perfectly safe way of doing internet banking," van der Graaf was quoted as saying. For full story, please visit: http://www.itnews.com.au/News/157767,nsw-police-dont-use-windows-for-internet-banking.aspx 3. French Government switches 130,000 PC's to Open Source The French Government's public finance department will replace its IBM Lotus Notes and Microsoft Office with Mozilla's Thunderbird email service, Lightning Calendar and open source groupware applications. About 130,000 desktop PC's will be switched to Mozilla's email and calendar applications. An ever increasing number of government agencies from around the world are embracing OSS to reap the benefits of cost savings and better license agreements. The city of Los Angeles has also decided to use Google Apps to save cost. About 30,000 city employees will use Gmail and have access to Google Docs. Full story is available at http://bit.ly/CFbUU 4. Whitehouse.gov Goes Drupal According to The New York Times, the flagship website of the U.S Government, Whitehouse.gov has migrated from proprietary Content Management System (CMS) to Drupal, an Open Source CMS. The U.S Government clearly realised the benefits of Open Source such as lower risks, avoiding vendor lock- in and lower costs. White House's adoption of Drupal matches U.S President Barack Obama's push for open and transparent government. Drupal adoption and awareness are growing rapidly within the U.S. government and will also grow across all governments world-wide. 6
  7. 7. Monthly Newsletter OSCC Quarterly Newsletter Bil. 8/2009 October - November 2009 For full story, please visit: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/30/drupal-moves-into-the-white-house/?scp=1&sq=white%20house %20drupal&st=cse Editorial Board Y. Brs Dr. Nor Aliah Binti Mohd Zahri (MAMPU Deputy Director General, ICT) - Advisor Tn Haji Muhammad Rosli Bin Abd. Razak (MAMPU Director, ICT Policy and Planning Division) - Chief Editor Madam Tan King Ing (MAMPU Deputy Director, ICT Policy and Planning Division) – Deputy Chief Editor Managers & executives (OSCC MAMPU) - Contributors 7

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