Software piracy is a tough nut to crack

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| Due to the high cost of commercial software, a number of organisations and
| individuals have opted to use free open source software instead. After a
| number of studies, local authorities in Phu Tho, Hai Phong and Ha Tinh
| decided to build new electronic information portals using open source
| software.
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http://english.vietnamnet.vn/tech/2008/05/781001/

Quote for the day:

"Don’t encourage new, cross-platform Java classes, especially don’t help get
great Win 32 implementations written/deployed. [...] Do encourage
fragmentation of the Java classlib space."

--Ben Slivka, Microsoft


Recent:

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. *
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http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/s...um=01BUS050108


The Haven for Linux

,----[ Quote ]
| 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. *
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http://english.vietnamnet.vn/tech/2008/01/762523/


Related:

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. *
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http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/Vi...acy-60971.html


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. * *
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http://www.slashgear.com/hacao-class...nam-289244.php


Ministry encourages open source software

,----[ Quote ]
| The Ministry of Information and Communications has recommended state agencies
| use four open source software products - Open Office, Thunderbird, Firefox
| and Unikey. *
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http://english.vietnamnet.vn/tech/2007/12/761476/


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

,----[ Quote ]
| Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
|
| Hot news from Vietnam here...
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http://www.tuxmachines.org/node/22928


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. * * *
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http://www.saigonnezumi.com/?p=516


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. *
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http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS7384572891.html


Vietsoftware join forces with Asianux

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/tech/2007/07/724393/


Hacao Linux 2.16 Professional released

http://www.tuxmachines.org/node/17481#comment-5619


Sun shares its technology with Vietnam's open source community

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/tech/2007/05/699418/


State [Vietnam] promotes use of shareware

http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/s...um=02BUS140507


Vietnam gives priority to open source software

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/tech/2007/04/686282/


Open-source software offers affordable option

http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/s...um=02BUS220107


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.
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http://english.vietnamnet.vn/tech/2007/05/697667/


Microsoft CEO Visits Vietnam

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| Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer witnessed the signing of an agreement
| Monday requiring all of Vietnam's government offices to use licensed
| computer software in a step to curb rampant piracy.
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http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/070521/vietn...racy.html?.v=2


Gates promotes PC training in Colombia

,----[ Quote ]
| The government and Microsoft also two signed agreements Monday
| stressing Uribe's strong commitment to Microsoft products at a
| time other countries in the region are promoting the non-proprietary
| Linux operating system.
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070319/...bia_bill_gates


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.
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http://english.vietnamnet.vn/tech/2007/02/667146/


Open-source software offers affordable option

,----[ Quote ]
| 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.
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http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/s...um=02BUS220107


Vietnam Praised for Economic Reforms

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| "Vietnam has demonstrated to the world its capacity for quantum leaps,"
| said Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer for
| Microsoft Corp.
|
| "It's clear that the government has recognized that broad-based
| reform and economic liberalization are essential to Vietnam's
| integration into the global economy," Mundie said.
|
| [...]
|
| The summit has brought fresh opportunities, with Vietnam signing
| two deals with U.S. companies worth $1.5 billion.
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http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/061116/apec_...mmit.html?.v=2


Vietnam's Communist Party gets help from Intel

,----[ Quote ]
| 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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http://www.infoworld.com/article/06/...amintel_1.html
http://tinyurl.com/zz3s8


Intel Raises Vietnam's High-Tech Profile

,----[ Quote ]
| The latest Intel news, which follows an initial announcement in February
| to invest $300 million in the factory, comes as Vietnam is working hard
| to convince foreign companies to put their trust in a country many
| still equate with war and poverty.
|
| It also is trying to overcome a reputation as one of the region's
| worst violators of intellectual property rights. Vietnam has the
| highest percentage of pirated software in Asia, with copies of
| Microsoft Corp. operating systems available on the street for
| a couple dollars.
|
| [...]
|
| While the country remains a staunch one-party system, the
| communist government is opening up and pushing for economic reforms
| that will lead to a market economy. Vietnam's fledgling high-tech
| sector also got a boost in April when Microsoft Chairman Bill
| Gates visited and was treated like a rock star by hundreds of
| cheering technology students.
|
| [...]
|
| "This is a very positive development, which will help to boost
| information technology industry in Vietnam in general and the
| software industry in particular," said Tran Doan Kim,
| administrative head of Vietnam Software Association, or Vinasa.
| "Vietnam's IT industry badly needs investment from a major
| foreign investor like Intel or Microsoft."
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http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/061117/vietnam_intel.html?.v=2