Malaysia's success with OSS adoption
By Maijaliisa Burkert on Jul 28, 2009
I came across an interesting article in ZD Net Asia that looks at the high adoption rate of OSS in Malaysia.
The Malaysian government was certainly an early adopter of OSS, launching its Public Sector OSS Master Plan in 2004. Just a few weeks ago, the government reported that a whopping 71.1% of the country's government offices have deployed OSS! The numbers are a mix of backend deployments and desktop applications, and are broken down in the article.
To date, the public sector has implemented 1,674 OSS projects with a total savings of more than $14 million (U.S.), which is an amazing savings over the course of 5 years. The OSCC Mampu newsletter reported that 295 agencies in Malaysia have deployed OpenOffice.org, which has saved the Malaysian government $5.4 million in licensing fees! Imagine what type of savings that would bring in the U.S. public sector?!