Unair socializes Open Source

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| Unair Information System (DSI) development head Imam Siswanto said that Unair
| was one of 13 universities in Indonesia that were supporting Open Source.



Less software piracy means more jobs, more state revenue: Study

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| Ansori Sinungan, director of intellectual copyright at the ministry of law
| and human rights, said that to promote the use of legal software, the
| government has urged consumers to shift to open-source software instead of
| depending on pirated software. *
| The government has also been promoting the Indonesia Go Open Source (IGOS)
| since 2005 in support of local software producers.
| Harry Surjanto, president director of PT Computrade Technology Indonesia,
| said that the growth of open-source support services was growing every year.
| "The number of customers using Red Hat operating systems, for example,
| doubled in 2007," he said. *



[Indonesia:] Govt pledges to pursue open-source software

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| In spite of a deal with the U.S.-based software giant Microsoft,
| the government pledged Wednesday that it would continue promoting
| the use of open-source software.
| [...]
| Kusmayanto said -- without mentioning Microsoft by name -- that
| dependence on one operating system would curtail the country's
| freedom to choose software most consistent with its own needs.
| [...]
| The deal has, however, come under fire, including from the House
| of Representatives, with critics arguing that it will create a
| monopoly for Microsoft, and undermine the government's own IGOS
| program, which encourages the use of free open-source software
| for the public sector.


Open source, closed mind

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| It recently launched the Indonesia Goes Open-Source Nusantara 2006
| package, which provides desktop software based on Linux Fedora Core 5
| and with the ability to operate applications such as Open Office for
| text documents, Firefox for Internet browsing, Thunderbird for email
| and Gaim for chatting.
| The ministry's website also lists a range of open-source software
| material, domestic and foreign, from which material can be downloaded
| for free.
| Furthermore, the use of open-source software cuts down on piracy,
| which is as prevalent in this country as the use of computers.


Sofyan: Open Source Hampers Government's Activity

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| The Department of Research and Technology will involve eight
| universities as developing agents of Indonesia GO Open Source
| (IGOS) program. They include Bandung Institute of Technology,
| Sepuluh November Institute of Technology, Gadjah Mada University,
| University of Indonesia, Udayana University, Deli Polytechnics,
| Batam Polytechnics and President University.


Open-source system sought for SMEs, ministries

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| To help protect intellectual property rights and reduce costs, the
| State Ministry for Research and Technology is urging state
| institutions, and small and medium enterprises to adopt open-source
| software for their computers. The Information and Communications
| Ministry had already saved on its IT budget after deciding
| to migrate.