The Vietnamese Communist Party's decision to move its computer systems to open-source software got a boost on Friday from Intel, the world's largest chip maker.
Under terms of a memorandum of understanding signed on Friday, Intel will help the Communist Party's Central Committee for Science and Education (CCSE) set up a laboratory, called OpenLab, for testing and developing open-source software. Over the next three years, the lab will oversee the installation of the software on 27,000 PCs running Intel processors, the chip maker said.
The Communist Party's decision to use open-source software matches a wider Vietnamese government effort. In 2004, the government announced plans to promote the software's use in a bid to reduce IT costs and promote the development of the local software industry.
The Communist Party is counting on open-source software to improve office automation and efficiency across different party organizations. It also hopes to benefit from improved security and reliability, the chip maker said. An Intel spokeswoman in Vietnam was not immediately available to comment further on the deal.