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Discussing open-source solutions to cope with the economic crisis

AvantiKumar | April 28, 2009
Open-source leaders at inaugural conference in Kuala Lumpur: MDeC

KUALA LUMPUR, 28 APRIL 2009 The inaugural MSC Malaysia Open Source Conference (OSCONF) 2009 to be held next month will discuss solutions to help with the economic crisis, according to government agency MDeC.

OSCONG is part of the annual Malaysian government Open Source Software Conference (MyGOSSCON). It is organised by government agencies MDeC (Multimedia Development Corporation) and MAMPU (Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit), and supported by the Malaysian open source community.

Themed Open to Change', the OSCONF is targeted at business executives, developers and open source communities in Malaysia, while MyGOSSCON organised by MAMPU is targeted primarily at government agencies and institutions of higher learning, including the R&D and business communities, said MDeC vice president, industrial development division, Saifol Shamlan.

The four-day event (, to be held at Berjaya Times Square Hotel & Convention Centre from 31 May to 3 June, is expected to attract more than 600 local and international participants.

MAMPU, as a key member agency of the prime minister's department, is responsible for implementing modernisation strategies for Malaysia public service, and also advises the government in the area of management, while acting as the central agency for ICT development and automation in the public sector.

In the forefront

I am delighted that Malaysia is in the forefront in contributing open-source software experience and for this inaugural event we are bringing together the best brains from around the world to explore how open source can mitigate the impact of the global economic crisis, said Shamlan.  OSCONF 2009 is clearly one of the ways in which MSC Malaysia is transforming the nation into a knowledge-based society driven by the new economy.

He said that with the business theme  How Open Source Software and the Community Can Creatively Help Businesses Survive the Impact of the Economic Crisis', the conference seeks to show that by adopting the right business model, commercialisation of open-source software can bring lucrative business revenue and provide lower total cost of ownership.

Shamlan said that OSCONF 2009 would comprise three separate tracks business, developer and community and would feature speakers from organisations such as Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Red Hat, Ubuntu, BSD, Fedora, and PHP. International speakers would include Chris DiBona, open source program manager at Google, Gen Kanai, director of Asia, business development and marketing at Mozilla, and Oliver Bell, regional technology officer at Microsoft Asia Pacific.

This conference marks another milestone towards putting Malaysia as a leader in open- source software. Now, we can enhance synergies between public and private sectors in accelerating adoption and development opportunities, said Dr. Nor Aliah Mohd Zahri, deputy director general (ICT) of MAMPU.


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