“South Korea, China and Japan yesterday agreed to promote open-source software and platforms that favor non-Microsoft programs like Linux, a move that is expected to put a new spin on the software sector in Northeast Asia,” reports Yang Sung-jin for The Korea Herald.
Yang Sung-jin reports, “The joint effort was agreed to during the IT ministers’ conference held on the southern resort island of Jeju yesterday, marking a major joint step forward among the three economic heavyweights in the region. Of the seven technology fields agreed upon for cooperation, what drew the most interest was the open-source software development initiative.”
“It is expected that the effort will send a warning signal to Microsoft, a U.S.-based software giant whose Windows operating systems and Office productivity suite retain a tight grip on the global IT sector. Analysts and IT experts have long argued that Korea should diversify its computing standard that is now based on Microsoft. Most PC operating systems in Korea come from Microsoft, while the firm’s Office suite has already carved out the biggest share in the software market, outpacing local players. As a result, non-Microsoft programs and systems – notably Macintosh-based PCs and software – are sidelined, a structure that many say is too dependent on Microsoft… China, meanwhile, is keen to establish its own standard and diversify its computing platforms. Japan is also taking similar measures…” Yang Sung-jin reports.
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