Malaysian Administrative Modernisation And Management Planning Unit – MAMPU (http://www.mampu.gov.my) have recently making a bold move by introducing a policy to migrate to the OpenOffice.org open source productivity suite instead of the current widely used MS Office. The official adoption date will be on the 1st of April 2008 and the agency will also uninstall all copies of Microsoft Office by the end of 2008.
MAMPU Migrates to OpenOffice.org
Putrajaya, 19th March 2008 – The Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU), today officially adopts a policy to migrate to the OpenOffice.org open source productivity suite. This is in line with the Malaysian Public Sector Open Source Master Plan, which calls for government agencies to reduce costs, increase freedom of choice and interoperability.
From April 1st, MAMPU will start adopting the OpenDocument Format (ODF), standard for all new documents created. ODF the ISO open standard for electronic documents is also the default format for OpenOffice.org. The agency will also uninstall all copies of Microsoft Office by the end of 2008.
To ensure a smooth migration, presently over 80 agency staff have been trained by the Open Source Competency Centre (OSCC). Additional staff will then be trained internally by the IT department, which will also provide support for OpenOffice.org.