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Call to adopt free and open source software in Oman

Oman Saturday 18/February/2017 17:16 PM
By: Times News Service
Call to adopt free and open source software in Oman
Muscat: Adoption of free software applications in the public and private sectors in the Sultanate was one of the recommendations of the just concluded Free and Open Source Software Conference.
It also called for strengthening the role of small and medium enterprises in deploying free software developed in accordance with the requirements of the market and its needs.
The conference also recommended the implementation of a roadmap that builds the free software as brought out by the study prepared by the professionals of Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) and Information Technology Authority (ITA), calling for the need to support the concerned authorities of planning, industry, trade, education and others to the plan for the establishment of the proposed National Centre to ensure the adoption and expansion of the free software development process and research and manufacturing in this area.
Dr. Salim bin Sultan Al Ruzaiqi, CEO of ITA signed on the sidelines of the conference an agreement with IMTAC company to establish a vertical centre to support the free and open source software to help create jobs in the technology sectors of telecommunications and information and to contribute to the creation of small and medium enterprises in the sector.