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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.
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The keynote sessions were on Global Trends and Opportunities,
Transforming for the New Economic Order, Shaping a Dynamic Public

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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/

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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

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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
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➢ 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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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