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Open source awareness growing, but misconceptions persist

Dec 06, 2011, 20:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Kwang)

"Damien Wong, general manager at Red Hat Asean, told ZDNet Asia on the sidelines of a media briefing held here Tuesday, that there was still plenty of room for growth in industry verticals such as financial services, telecommunications and the public sector, in which the company was already heavily engaged. Wong joined Red Hat on Nov. 1, moving from Hewlett-Packard at which he was the Southeast Asia general manager of software.

"He explained that within each of the verticals, there were 'varying levels of awareness and acceptance' of open source software (OSS). Singapore's public sector is one example. The Ministry of Defense here has 'strong awareness' and adoption OSS, but other public-sector organizations still held misperceptions about open source which he found "surprising", considering Singaporean entities were usually forward-thinking in terms of IT awareness."

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