Russia planning a Windows Rival

The Russian government have now confirmed that they are planning on developing a national software system that will be based solely on the Linux operating system. The reasoning behind this move seems to be to try and improve security, lower costs and lessen the country's dependency on Microsoft.

They will not just be making use of any Linux distribution, but instead they are planning to use the $4.9 million investment to create their own operating system based on Linux and will use it across all government departments. In October 2007, Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev announced a scheme to replace Microsoft with Linux in universities to help them save money. Although that scheme was due to fully start this year, the government is still allowing universities to choose which operating systems to use.

Russian deputy Ilia Ponomarev confirmed the move to AFP by stating that "We will become independent of Windows.” In theory, if Russia went ahead with this move, they could easily recoup their costs quite quickly by ending their Windows licenses.

Russia would not be the first country/government to make suggestions for dropping Windows and replacing it with Linux. In June this year, the UK government highlighted the possibility of switching to Linux as part of their cost cutting exercise to reduce the country's debt, though nothing has so far come of it. The UK also signed a deal way back in 2003 to take a look at Sun's open source systems in regard to making use of them in the future. This also had no outcome.

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amon91 said,
So why don't you just roll out Ubuntu... or Fedora... or RedHat... or SUSE... Why make your own?
Because they can sell it in replace of buying all those windows licenses for every computer in the mother land

Regression_88 said,
Here come the patent infringement suits....
Its an operating system.. you cant call a patent on an OS if you design one yourself.. OS is a term for something. Its like trying to call a patent on a dinner plate lol..

It will be interesting to see what they come up with for the user land portion of the system and if they will mod the kernel at all.

Oh Russia will run into alot of problems with security but hey thats Linux, just a moon with huge crates and holes through it but most can be patched but, what ever, Russia will be throwing vodka bottles at there machines soon enought

It would be easier if they just installed ubuntu instead of wasting money making their own.

I'm not a linux user, but most linux threads I've seen praise ubuntu.

stablemist said,
It would be easier if they just installed ubuntu instead of wasting money making their own.

I'm not a linux user, but most linux threads I've seen praise ubuntu.

I run Ubuntu, and it's pretty straight forward and supports quite a lot of hardware out of the box. I run it on 3 different machines in my house and it was pretty much like installing Windows 7 complete with a guified installer. I've never even had to use a command line unless I just felt like it. I agree and think they should at least start with something that's actively developed/supported such as Ubuntu if they're going to do something like this. No reason to reinvent the wheel.

stablemist said,
It would be easier if they just installed ubuntu instead of wasting money making their own.

They probably want a security hardened version for government systems. They'll still base it on debian or other, but will compile a hardened kernel.

To clear things out. Western press is very poor on translations. It's not about Windows rival. It's about making single linux distro for governmental needs instead of many.

China's already done this with asianux linux and red flag linux. Both are quite cool but take bloody AGES to download at a pathetic 8KBps.

The power of the superior Russian mind..when brought to bear in a fully-focused effort to take Linux to the next level..will soon provide..first the Russians and then the world with a legitimate alternative to the FBI-CIA-"backdoor"-infested Windows operating systems!...Don't worry all you lame..bandwidth-hogging gamers...Windows is all ball-less nerds will ever require(as they sit home on Friday nights playing with themselves and their friends).

thadumas said,
The power of the superior Russian mind..when brought to bear in a fully-focused effort to take Linux to the next level..will soon provide..first the Russians and then the world with a legitimate alternative to the FBI-CIA-"backdoor"-infested Windows operating systems!...Don't worry all you lame..bandwidth-hogging gamers...Windows is all ball-less nerds will ever require(as they sit home on Friday nights playing with themselves and their friends).

Put down the tinfoil hat, fella.

If anything, I'd worry more about (surprisingly) *Linux distributions* (and especially that creature called *Security-Enhanced Linux*), considering that the military (specifically the National Security Agency) is the biggest contributor of code and content.

So NOT news; in fact, a good many of the Linux distributions to come out as of late are partially or completely backed by governments. (In a rather surprising case of Magnetic Iron(y), Security-Enhanced Linux' biggest contributor is the United States government; specifically, the National Security Agency.)

Governments all over the world (especially in non-English-speaking nations) don't feel that an operating system largely manufactured and sourced outside their borders is in their best interests, and especially when it has the elephant's share of their local marketplace. However, the same could be said for anything else from onions to olive oil.

Uhmm “In October 2007, Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev announced a scheme to replace Microsoft with Linux in universities to help them save money.” Medvedev was never a prime minster.

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