ASEAN OSS Training at Kuala Lumpur in March 2005

The Center of the International Cooperation for Computerization conducted the Open Source Software (OSS) Basic and Certification Train the Trainers Program from March 14 to 20, 2005 with the Malaysian National Computer Confederation (MNCC) for 31 participants from ASEAN countries in Kuala Lumpur. 

This ASEAN OSS Training Program has been initiated by the CICC Singapore office with the aim of creating a large number of OSS professionals to teach OSS in South-east Asia. It will support wider use of Open Source systems in ten ASEAN member countries, namely Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, and Vietnam. Two courses were conducted concurrently: Open Source Software (OSS) Basic and OSS Certification Train the Trainers Program.

In conjunction with the main event a public seminar on "ASEAN Open Source Software Technical Development" was held on the morning of 14 March 2005. Some 100 people attended this seminar which featured speakers from CICC, IBM, Intel, MAMPU, MIMOS, Novell making presentations on recent developments on OSS especially with respect to the Asian/ASEAN region.

Program Structure


This four days training was divided into two parts. First part (first two days) technical OSS topics were covered. Additional Notes to enhance current OS capability, like plug and play, USB, Wifi etc. were also included. Second part (Day 3 and 4), the main focus was on preparing the skills for the participants to set up and maintain the training environment, i.e. network, security, users management, backup/restore etc. tips on teaching open source topics.


This six days program was designed for the Linux System Administrators and to prepare the participants for taking certification exams like the LPI 101 exam. Successful participants who had gone through the above rigorous program had learned all the key core elements of the Linux operating system - installation, file system, RPMs, network configuration, X Window, basic file system navigation, application management. The participants can now take up responsibility of Linux System Administration or Technical Support.

Training Support

Training Support

As the background of the trainees is very diverse, training support became very important. Both course are conducted and supported by experience trainers. In OSS Basic, the participant to trainer ratio is 5 to 1, as it was assumed that the participants have no or minimum prior knowledge on OSS. For OSS Cert, the assumption was the participants have at least 6 months of Unix or Linux related experience working as a Linux System Administrator and comfortable with the command line

In addition to the main training program, 14 knowledge-sharing sessions and talks were being conducted to further enhance the content and the quality of the program. The speakers were from the Government, Commercial, Research and Universities, covered various topics of interest related to Open Source software.

Training Participants

The number of participants by course and countries are listed below. Total number of participants were 31.
Country No of trainees OSS Basic Course OSS Certification Course
Brunei 2
Chong Kim Onn
Lim Sei Guan
Cambodia 2
Suy Vanna
Lon Chanborey
Indonesia 3
Imam Ahmad Trinugroho
Ricky Agus Tjiptanata

Dwi Aji Mardiyanto
Laos PDR 1
Dalaloy Valaxay
Malaysia 11
Ahmad Zaid Sulaiman
Loh Bee Fah
Nurhizam Safie bin Mohd Satar
Randy Hoo Meng Sing
Shamsudheen bin Hyder Abdul Ahad
Thirumal A/L Kandasamy

Amran bin Mansoor
Hud bin Md Ali
Saiful Adli Ismail
Syed Ahmad Shazali Bin
Syed Abdullah
Zainal Azman Shaari
Myanmar 2
Aung Myo Lwin

Ngwe Tun
Philippines 2
Roderick G.Basamot
Jose Gil K. Escalante, JR.
Singapore 2
Tham Bao Nee (Tan Baoni)

Wee Kiam Peng
Thailand 2
Nipat Aiemsomboon

Supphachoke Suntiwichaya
Vietnam 4
Nguyen Thuy Nhi
BaNguyen Tien Trung

Cao Vinh Quang
Son Vo Thanh
Total 31 16 15

Future Plan of Action

An ASEAN OS Trainers’ Network has been formed. The Trainers’ Network will be supported by a mailing list. The mailing list can serve as a platform for the participants to exchange ideas and to obtain assistance from their trainers after this Program. Training materials to support teaching and localization will also be distributed.

Participants are encouraged to launch OSS training related projects, perhaps as part of the support to their country level initiatives. A mechanism is being established to help them to grow the Network for the ASEAN Region.

Group Photos from First ASEAN OSS TRAINING in March 2005

OSS Basic Course
OSS Certification Course

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