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Jakarta Post

Big boys going open-source to cut costs

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 27 2009   /  12:52 pm

The wave of migration from propriety software to open-source applications is gaining momentum as big companies are jumping on the bandwagon to make cost efficiencies and avoid legal charges for piracy. The enthusiasm for "going open-source" was summed up at the 2009 Global Conference on Open Source held at the Shangri-La Hotel in Jakarta on Monday which was attended by hundreds of open-source users from across the globe. Indonesia's largest telecommunication company PT Telkom has studied the use of open-source software applications since 2005. "We began with only two computers as the pilot projects in 2005, and it worked very well," Telkom director for information and technology Indra Utoyo said in his presentation. By the end of the year, he said, about five percent of the computers used by the company had migrated to open-source. "Our final target is 80 percent by t...