"This, according to Vietnam.net Bridge, which reports that
yesterday the Ministry of Information and Communication issued an
instruction to the State Agencies of Vietnam to move rapidly to
open source software. More specifically, "by June 30, 2009, 100% of
servers of IT divisions of government agencies must be installed
with open source software; 100% of staffs at these IT divisions
must be trained in the use of these software products and at least
50% use them proficiently." According to the article, the
instruction is also applicable to provincial and municipal
Departments of Information and Communications. By December 31, 70%
of these offices must be in compliance.
"Specific products mentioned for implementation include the
following: OpenOffice, Mozilla ThunderBird and Mozilla FireFox
email software, and Vietnam's own Unikey typing software. This
would represent the 17th government to throw it's support behind
ODF, based upon the count being kept by the ODF Alliance."