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|Malaysia mandates open source|
|The Star (Raslan Sharif)||Jul 16 2004||original|
|Posted by giova||Jul 27 2004 - 14:21|
|All Government technology procurement will now have a preference for open source software (OSS), under the Malaysian Public Sector Open Source Software Masterplan made available to the public this morning. |
|In what was its strongest show of support for OSS, the Government's masterplan calls for policies to be put in place in several areas, including procurement, that would favour such software. |
The masterplan has been a topic of debate among ICT companies, local and foreign, that supply goods and services to the Government.
Its objectives include reducing total cost of ownership and increasing freedom of choice in the public sector, as well as reducing the digital divide through the use of OSS, software in which the source code is available to the general public for use and/ or modification free of charge.