Moscow, February 6, 2015. — Nikolay Nikiforov, Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications, took part in the opening ceremony of the conference of developers and users of data base management system (DBMS) PostgreSQL. He told about state measures for support of free software, developed by the Ministry.
These measures include creation of competence centers in the sphere of free software, support of Russian development infrastructure and ecosystem of product distribution based on free software, active participation of Russian developers in international free software projects and importance of Russian contribution to development of global IT industry.
“Public authorities and state companies use proprietary import-dependent software. Recently software products became also politically-dependent. Hundreds of millions of rubles are being spent on purchases and maintenance of such software annually. Such software products are not only expensive, but they can also become a subject of possible sanctions and infringe upon rights of citizens,” said Nikolay Nikiforov.
Minister said that in current geopolitical situation it’s important to develop all types of free software that can help to demonopolize software market. This is especially important for databases. Nikolay Nikiforov told that it’s necessary to reach the balance, when share of each software developer on foreign market will be no more than 50%.
The Government of Russia has already adopted a plan on transfer to free software. However, there is still no full set of user software products. Thus, hundreds of thousands of public officials can’t transfer current business processes to free software.
It is simpler to introduce free software to databases. Transferring to free data base management systems is one of the key goals of Minsvyaz in terms of import-substituting program. DBMS is being actively implemented to the system of interdepartmental electronic cooperation now. A number of companies, including Russian Post, think about substituting proprietary software with free software.
“We will support this approach, and also with financial resources. It’s a matter of strategic, information and national safety. We mustn’t depend on certain country, company or product,” said Nikolay Nikiforov.