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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Free software to keep you away from stealing

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – our financial correspondent

Colombo, 11 August, ( Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) which widely used among software developers as well as computer users was yesterday highlighted as a solution for Buddhist who would prefer to protect the five precepts.

Dharmavahini Foundation Ven. Mettavihari thero at a Poya day anusasana held at Naradha Centre in Colombo on the needs of better morals when using computer software stated that pirated software use leads to the breaking of five precepts.

"In Sri Lanka 80 per cent of the software used among the computer users are pirated. The time has come for Sri Lankans to think about how and why they use information communication tools. Pirated computer software is taken for granted. But if you have free software this will never happen," thero said.

According to FOSS local groups Free and Open Source Software is now a part of everyone's life. These software come into effect when browsing the Web where 70 per cent all Web servers in the world use the open source Apache Web server, many of them running on the free Linux operating system and often using the free MySQL or PostgreSQL database. Free and open source software permeates every aspect of the software industry and is no longer a niche: it is here to stay and to change the software landscape.

The world of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) changes rapidly. New technologies and with them, new opportunities, come and go at an ever increasing speed. The Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) movement is one such development that is playing out today.

It offers many opportunities for governmental, private sector, and educational institutions. Organizations, as well as developing nations, that take advantage of FOSS and implement them appropriately stand to gain much, while those that fail to take advantage of this opportunity may find their ICT development lagging behind that of comparable organizations. A major incentive for developing countries to adopt FOSS systems is the enormous cost of proprietary software licenses. Because virtually all proprietary software in developing countries is imported, their purchase consumes precious hard currency and foreign reserves. These reserves could be better spent on other development goals.

- Asian Tribune -

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