Sunday, June 8, 2008

Computer groups say open source software not a threat

A group of computer manufacturers, distributors and dealers in the country believe the emergence of the open source software technology is not a threat to the industry but is instead considered a source of grassroots ideas.

Expertise in the open source software technology is still very limited, said Wesley Ngo, director of the Computer Manufacturers, Distributors and Dealers Association of the Philippines (Comddap).

Another Comddap director, Salvador Lastrilla, also said open source is still in the infancy stage although its growth potential is very, very big.

Open source has to be encouraged, said Lastrilla, adding that radical ideas will most possibly come from the use of open source software technology.

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