KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 14 (Bernama) -- The government's policy of open source software (OSS) preference that excludes commercial software from consideration may also exclude 85 percent of the information technology (IT) channel business activity, according to a report.
The report by the Initiative for Software Choice (ISC), citing the European software market, said the initial annual loss in business opportunity was estimated to be around US$49 billion.
Speaking to reporters concerning the views of software company Microsoft and industry associations on the government's OSS masterplan, Lee said such an effort was crucial nowadays to avoid the possibility of losing money.
"The government's objective is to ensure the country become an OSS developer in future instead of merely a user like now. But there are certain points that government must consider in deciding on the use of OSS instead of standard software assets like Microsoft's products," he said.
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