French-Malaysian pact on open source front
By Digital News Asia February 27, 2014
- KL-based Abyres and Paris-based Mandriva to jointly develop local OSS market
- Abyres also appointed Mandriva’s advance tech partner for Malaysia and Brunei
ABYRES Group of Companies and Paris-based Mandriva SA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), creating what they claimed was the first enterprise open source desktop management solution in Malaysia.
In addition, Kuala Lumpur-based Abyres was also appointed Mandriva’s advance technology partner for Malaysia and Brunei, the two companies said in a joint statement.
As the first step, Abyres will be handling level 1 and level 2 support of Mandriva’s products. In addition, as Abyres is the certified technology partner for Mandriva in Malaysia, all of Abyres’ technical staff would be accredited as certified Mandriva engineers.
Abyres will also conduct training and transfers in technology to Mandriva’s customers in Malaysia and Brunei, the two companies said.
Finally, Abyres and Mandriva will jointly develop the Malaysian open source market.
“We will start by setting up level 1 and 2 support centres [and aim] to be the regional support centre for Mandriva in the Asean region,” said Abyres chief executive officer Mohamad Jamal Suleiman.
“Furthermore, we hope to be working closely with government open source competence centres the in future to develop the skills set of engineers and open source technologies in Malaysia,” he added.
This partnership will see a transfer of technologies between Abyres and Mandriva, which develops open source desktop and systems management products.
“The collaboration between Mandriva and Abyres – an MSC Malaysia status company – is a testament to MSC Malaysia companies’ ability to continue creating an impact in the Malaysian and regional technology landscape,” said Multimedia Development Corp (MDeC) chief operating officer Ng Wan Peng.
“I look forward to seeing the fruits of [this] partnership as an agent of change for Malaysia’s open source community,” she added.
MDeC is in charge of the MSC Malaysia or Multimedia Super Corridor project which aims to boost the ICT industry in the country.
Abyres and Mandriva are planning to have support centres for the Asean region in Malaysia by the end of 2015.
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