Iranian Communications and Information Technology Minister
Reza Taqipour says a national open source operating system is on the way, Press TV reported.
"The operating system will be primarily installed for industrial centers and organizations and then home users could utilize it if they are willing," Mehr news agency quoted Taqipour as saying on Monday.
He said that the efforts to develop the new project have been accelerated as the existing operating systems in the country are susceptible to becoming infected with malwares and other malicious software programs finding their way into the systems via networks.
Taqipour also pointed out that an open source operating system would help pinpoint penetrable portholes in systems and said, "Many countries are turning to the open source [OS] as a solution to this problem.
The Iranian minister noted that the project is aimed at preventing other systems from breaking into local networks to steal data from the systems in the country.