METI's Activities
METI's OSS Policy Why OSS?
From the viewpoint of Security
Too much dependence on one SW is not secure
From the viewpoint of Appropriate Procurement
Increase viable alternatives
Procurement should be open to any new technology and company.
Neither mandatory nor obligatory procurement policy w/r/t OSS.
Market and users will decide after all the considerations.
From the viewpoint of Industrial Policy
To ensure Interoperability and Innovation
Consumer Electronics are among the most significant areas.
METI's Activities (Overview)
Improve OSS related software to be viable alternatives
Support for OSS Development and Deployment
Budget (Implemented by IPA)
FY2003 1Billion
(FY2004 1Billion:tentative)

Targeting Areas
Operating System
Middleware
Development Tool
Desktop Infrastructure (c.f. AIST Pilot Project)
* AIST (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology)

Feasibility Study for OSS Desktop Environment
Compared to server or embedded systems, desktop OSS environment still needs various improvements for practical use.
AIST (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology) has initiated a pilot project by which AIST will get equipped with open source desktop environment in 2 years.
Legal analysis on OSS licenses, especially on GPL (General Public License)
Cross Border Activities in ASIA
Support for Asia OSS Symposium
1st meeting: March 2003 in Phuket, Thailand.
2nd meeting: November 2003 in Singapore.
3rd meeting: March 2004 in Vietnam.
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