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Asian Open Source Centre: Open Source CD's by Post in Malaysia--A Status Report

Jul 09, 2003, 02:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Imran William Smith)

[ Thanks to Venantius Kumar for this link. ]

"There are three standard ways of getting open source software:

  1. "Download it from the internet. Typically you need broadband to do this, since packages like Red Hat run to 1, 2, even 3 Gigabytes.
  2. "Buy the CD's from a local store.
  3. "Buy the CD's over the internet, typically using a credit card.

"In some countries, broadband is widespread, as is the use of credit card payments over the internet. But in Malaysia, neither of these are sufficiently in place. There are some local stores that sell software, but typically they don't know much about open source, and may only sell Red Hat, or nothing. In recent months, raids on pirate software vendors has meant that even legitimate, legal sale of open source software has also been shut down, since the anti-piracy enforcement officers don't have the time or knowledge to understand the licensing behind each and every software package on sale.

"This leaves the open source community with a big problem. Even if you decide you want to use open source software, how do you get it...?"

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