Representatives of the software industry in the country are worried. They reject a new executive decree, they say, encourages the contracting of free software within the public sector.
Decree 1425 was signed by former President Rafael Correa last Tuesday. It issues a regulation for the Inventiveness Code (Código de Ingenios for its Spanish name) and in the opinion of the Ecuadorian Association of Software (Aesoft), it conditions the use of proprietary software or license by public institutions and encourages the use of the free software (that does not require permission).
Andres Burbano, Aesoft’s chairman, says that this will cause that many state-owned companies stop buying such software and opt for an easier process. Something imminent, he says, if we take into account that 25% of the annual turnover of the sector depends on the demand of public agencies.