“Damien Wong, General Manager, ASEAN, Red Hat, discusses the benefits that open source technology can bring to governments in Asia, and the barriers to adoption of open source in thisÂ region.”
What a cool presentation. Key points in the video:
- Open Source software is mainstream in ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) with more governments and businesses using FLOSS in mission-critical roles
- Malaysia is an example of a growing trend of government establishing policies on open source software
- Barriers to adoption stem from lack of maturity of understanding of security and readiness despite USA military and stock exchanges adopting open source.
- Adoption in ASEAN is somewhat behind adoption in USA where government has established policies to prefer open source.
- The value of open source to citizens of a country include reducing costs and increasing competition and sustainability, for example, avoiding lock-in.
Mark Bohannon of RedHat sums up the growing maturity in perception of open source this way,
“The take-up of Open Source is increasingly a corollary to the shift of focus where IT is less about inventing intellectual property and selling or licensing it, and more about widely distributing intellectual property and adding value on top of it”, he said.
According to Bohannon, this paradigm shift allowed decision-makers to go from thinking of small â€˜procurementâ€™ windows to viewing open source from a broader vantage point that highlights its broad-based benefits to an economy, jobs and innovation and in the government itself.
It’s all good. Individuals, governments, businesses, organizations large and small can all benefit from using FLOSS because the licence under which the software is distributed includes permission to run, examine, modify and distribute the code, essentially empowering the users rather than taxing them. I recommend Debian GNU/Linux, the universal operating system because folks can get most of what they need from a single place and yet not be locked in to a single supplier. Debian takes FLOSS from thousands of sources and distributes it in a tidy, easy to use package. RedHat is good, too, but it does cost more to use.