Tuesday Jun 23, 2009

Opinion piece on open-source technologies a good read

Bill Vass has written an interesting opinion piece for Government Technology on the cost savings that can be realized through open-source technologies.

He discusses the cost savings beginning to be realized in the UK, and the potential $3.7 billion savings estimated for federal IT.  He also examines the added security of open-source technologies and the potential opening of more communication lines between citizens and government entities.

Go here to read the article.

Wednesday Apr 15, 2009

Developing communities

This week, Sun is conducting a series of free lessons on open-source technology at the Hanoi University of Technology and Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology in Vietnam.

There are 130 university and college students in attendance, and the courses are being run in collaboration with the Department of Information Technology of the Ministry of Education and Training.   

The training is part of the Java Education and Development Initiative, also known as JEDI, which is a project developed by Sun that was first introduced in 2005 in the Philippines.  In the past four years, JEDI has benefitted more than 190,000 students in countries such as Indonesia and Brazil, among others.

I applaud Sun's initiative behind the JEDI program, which provides free high-quality documents on IT and computer sciences to universities and colleges and offers students access to abundant materials and software.  

In the past six months, the government of Vietnam has been investing time and energy in adopting more open-source technology, and what better way to organically do so then by starting with the students who will soon be the backbone of the country. 

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