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Extracted from Malaysia's
New Straits Times, 10 May 2003


Kuala Lumpur - A group of Malaysian technology organisations have got together to establish an Open Source Compatibility Centre. 


The partners include computer professional association the Malaysian National Computer Confederation (MNCC), training company Advanced Technology Studies Centre Sdn Bhd (atSC) and software solutions developer and integrator Getronics Solutions (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd. The centre will be housed at Getronics' office in Plaza Sentral here. 


"Literally anyone from any company, big or small, will be able to use the centre's facilities as a testbed for compatibility testing of Linux operating systems, applications and solutions," said Getronics Malaysia chief executive officer Ganesh Chandran. 

The centre will be jointly operated by the three parties and will provide opportunities for developers to test the compatibility, interoperability, coexistence, ease of use and performance of multiple networked servers and clients running various Linux distributions and different Unix flavours, Microsoft server operating systems, FreeBSD, MySQL, OpenOffice Suite and other open source and proprietary operating systems and applications.


The centre will also conduct demonstrations of open source software deployment in common environments, including a typical commercial office, government office, non-profit organisation and community office. 

According to Getronics director for infrastructure integration Teoh Eng Sin, the centre currently has an open source server housing major Linux and other open source operating systems and applications, Unix, Windows servers and clients. 

The centre will have at least six clients and this may increase over time. It also has a full Ethernet LAN (local area network) with Internet access for all servers and clients connected to it. 

The three joint operators encouraged hardware, software and networking companies to become partners of the centre and contribute their products and services towards it. 

In return they will have access to the centre's facilities and resources like its open source systems administration expertise, open source software library, demonstration and testing environments for OSS deployment, as well as access to the centre's users and wider open source community. 


So far, the centre's partners include Dell Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd, Fuji Xerox Malaysia, IBM Malaysia Sdn Bhd, MSTi Corp Sdn Bhd, Novell Corp (M) Sdn Bhd, Samsung Electronics Malaysia Sdn Bhd and Sun Microsystems (M) Sdn Bhd. Some of these companies have contributed hardware, peripherals and software, while others will provide internal and external training and participate in open source-related seminars at Getronic's office. 


Parties interested in using facilities at the centre should register at the centre's website at www.mncc.com.my/oscc and provide an indication of what they want to do, what they will need to use and for how long, and so on. If the centre can meet their requirements, it will schedule an appropriate time for them to use the centre for free. "In the spirit of the open source software movement, users must share their experience and results of their findings with the centre and the information will be posted on the centre's website for the benefit of others," said Getronics' Teoh. 

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