IOSN Accessibility Workshop for the Visually Disabled

This event will bring together Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) practitioners and users with disabilities

WhenJan 26, 2008
from 09:00 am to 04:00 pm
WhereKuala Lumpur
Contact NameKhairil Yusof
Contact Email[email protected]
Contact Phone+60163111330
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Consists of domain experts (disabled users) working together with local FOSS resource persons.

The morning session is facilitated by a domain expert and they come up with a framework for evaluating FOSS software with regards to accessibility for visually disabled users.  In the afternoon, the FOSS facilitator takes over and demonstrates the various FOSS solutions that are available. The domain experts are guided (hands on) on the different FOSS solutions and gives scores and feedback to the tools using the morning’s framework.

Contact Persons

  • FOSS technical volunteers – Khairil Yusof
  • Visually disabled users – Mary Chen [email protected]



  1. a domain specific evaluation framework
  2. a domain-oriented perspective of the existing tools (through the scoring)
  3. a prioritized list of features for each FOSS app needed to bring
    the app up to par with the needs of the domain expert

LPI Certification Examinations

The LPI Certification program is designed to certify the competency of system administration using the Linux operating system and its associated tools. It is designed to be distribution neutral, following the Linux Standards Base and other relevant standards and conventions.

When is the next exam?

The next exam will be held on 15th March 2008. Please contact Ditesh ([email protected]) if you are interested in taking the exam. Closing date for registrations is 13th February 2008.

Why are we doing this?

This is a done as a measure to build Linux and FOSS capacity in Malaysia.

How much does it cost?

The usual cost for these exams are USD 150 (approximately RM 525), but as Dr Nah is the volunteer Malaysian proctor, we can have it much cheaper. The cost of the local exams are RM 200 per paper.

For example, if you are taking LPIC 101 and LPIC 102, your total cost will be RM 400. This price may change over time but it is always kept to a minimum as this is NOT a profit making initiative.

What are the available examinations?

The currently offered examinations are:

  • LPIC 101
  • LPIC 102
  • LPIC 201
  • LPIC 202

 LPIC 201/202 are not being offered by the LPI yet for the paper based examinations.

How often do you conduct the examinations?

The examinations are conducted every 3 months. To be notified of the next examination date, please sign up to the lpi-announce mailing list.

Who runs this?

Ditesh ([email protected]) organizes the exams, Dr. Nah Soo Hoe invigilates the exams.

Who do I contact for more information?

Ditesh ([email protected]) is the contact person.

What resources do I have to study for the LPI?

These are some resources:

What do candidates need to bring for the exam?

The candidate need only bring along pencil(s) and eraser and possibly a pencil sharpener (in case he needs to sharpen his pencils) as pencils, erasers and sharpeners ARE NOT provided.  Candidates are not allowed to bring in any writing paper to the exam hall, they can only bring in with them the pencils, erasers and sharpeners.  (While pens are allowed they are not recommended as it is not easy to make corrections to the multiple choice answers if a pen is used.)

What is the format of the exam?

Questions can be either multiple choice or “fill in the blanks” type. Candidates have to answer ALL questions on the answer sheet provided. The LPI website does provide examples of questions. See:

When will candidates be notified about their results?

The results will be emailed directly to the candidates by LPI (possibly within 4 weeks).

The Star Online: Sun dangles carrot at OSS developers

The Star Online: Sun dangles carrot at OSS developers

KUALA LUMPUR: In a bid to encourage more development of open-source software, network computing infrastructure vendor Sun Microsystems has kicked off a rewards programme for developers of such programs.

With quotes from our community members.

Several advocates of the technology and software developers welcomed the programme, saying that it would encourage the development of open-source software in the country.

Yong Yoon Kit, IT manager at local pewter powerhouse Royal Selangor.

Yong Yoon Kit, IT manager at local pewter powerhouse Royal Selangor, said the move would encourage local software developers to turn to open-source technology. “I believe it will spur the local open-source community to create more software,” he said.

From a micro-economics standpoint, said Yong, Malaysia will gain from US dollars that Sun Microsystems will pump in to help the local software developers.

“And in the long run, Malaysia will be less dependent on foreign software developers, which will help keep the ringgit in the country”  – Yong Yoon Kit

Open-source software developer Khairil Yusof hopes Sun Microsystems’ incentive will result in more Malaysian software developers getting involved in open-source projects.

“The problem in Asia, and even Malaysia, is that most people just tend to be end users and not contribute anything in return. This kind of attitude will not help the local open-source community” – Khairil Yusof

However, Khairil hopes that Sun Microsystems will open its rewards programme to include other technologies and not just Sun-specific areas. “We would also want to develop beyond these technologies,” he said.

Source: The Star Online

Linux Foundation 2017 Linux Desktop/Client Survey

Linux Foundation 2017 Linux Desktop/Client Survey

by Khairil Yusof — last modified Oct 23, 2017 03:08 PM

2017 Linux Desktop/Client Survey


The information from this survey will assist the Linux Foundation Desktop Linux workgroup to focus on areas of development that are important to you. The results of this survey may also be valuable to your business. Once you complete the survey, you will be able to view the current aggregated public results of the survey.

The 2017 Linux Desktop/Client Survey asks you to answer a few questions based on your company’s desktop/client plans and not necessarily your personal desktop usage.

If you provide contact information at the end of the survey, the survey results and analysis will be sent to you when the survey is complete. Note: contact information is not a required entry and your contact information will not be published or shared.

Take Survey – Chinese (not available until 10/24)
Take Survey – Portuguese (not available until 10/24)

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FOSS Asia Summit 2016

One of the top Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) events for developers, enterprises, officials and general users in South East Asia.

whenNov 12, 2010 12:00 AM to
Nov 14, 2010 12:00 AM
whereSaigon ICT Tower, Quang Trung Software City, Tan Chanh Hiep Ward, District 12, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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FOSSASIA is one of the top Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) events for developers, enterprises, officials and general users in South East Asia. It will be held in Ho Chi Minh City from November 12 – 14, 2010 with the focus: Lightweight Computing and Women in IT. FOSSASIA will be co-hosted with the OpenTechSummit 2010 for Open Hardware. Participants from across Asia and the world are expected to join the three day event. Please join us.

The event will cover three summits in one:

  • Community Summit
  • Business Summit
  • OpenTechSummit (Open Hardware)

What can I learn at the event?

  • Learn more about FOSS, applications and new mobile solutions
  • Discover new business opportunities with faster energy saving solutions that help you to lower costs.
  • Take part in a FOSS course and get a course certificate during the event.
  • Participate in the install fest of new programs and make your computer faster and more secure.
  • Meet us at the FOSS party and celebrate the fun of getting together with people from all over the world.
  • Learn about job opportunities with global and local companies and get in touch with representatives.

The event brings together free and open source software projects from Asia and around the world. Following the successful GNOME.Asia Summit 2009 in Ho Chi Minh City (1400 participants) the event will explore the future of FOSS community in Asia and offer insights into new ideas and opportunities with Free and Open Source Software.

During the three day event there will be a variety of presentations, workshops, business matchmakings and a FOSS course, where successful participants will receive a certificate.

Companies will have the opportunity to present themselves, meet highly trained students and developers and engage in matchmaking with international and local projects and enterprises.

Malaysia Open Source Conference 2010

whenJun 28, 2010 12:00 AM to
Jun 30, 2010 12:00 AM
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Date: 28 – 30 June, 2010

Venue: To be determined

Come join us at the Malaysia Open Source Conference 2010! You’ll be pleasantly surprised…

Who should attend?

  • Business executives from local and foreign companies
  • Open Source developers, communities, inventors, evangelist, researchers, strategist
  • Government officers
  • Students, general public

Why you should attend?

  1. Provide exposure and knowledge on the importance of Open Source in enhancing competitiveness by giving freedom of choice in software usage with lower total cost of ownership, hence benefiting businesses and society at large. Over 30 session tracks are made available.
  2. Share amongst the open source community on new directions and latest innovations by the subject matter experts, thought leaders and industry gurus.
  3. Provide a platform for conference participants to actively interact, share and exchange views, ideas, and tools on the latest trends and issues of Open Source.
  4. Networking, learning and having great fun!