Under the deal, Chipzilla will help the Communist Party's Central Committee for Science and Education (CCSE) set up a laboratory. The OpenLab will test and develop open-source software for Vietnam and when all the work is done, the various projects will be rolled out onto Intel chips.
The lab deal will mean that more than 27,000 PCs will run Intel processors. The Communist Party's decision to use open-source software is part of a wider Vietnamese government effort. In 2004, the government announced plans to promote the software's use in a bid to reduce IT costs and promote the development of the local software industry.
Chipzilla is spending heaps in Vietnam, which it sees as a low-cost alternative to China. Earlier this year it said it will build a US$300 million test and assembly plant in Ho Chi Minh City.
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