[SATLUG] Fwd: [linuxham] [OT] Russian Prime Minister Putin orders Linux for Nation [1 Attachment]

pcdls pcdls.ronin at gmail.com
Wed Jan 5 08:55:34 CST 2011

Bravo!  Good for them!!!  A world uniting under open-source, expressions 
of thought and the spreading of ideas.  Can it be that we may soon see 
ourselves as citizens of the human race?  This is a great victory for 
the good and beautiful souls behind the open-source and linux communities.

On 01/05/11 02:08, Walt DuBose wrote:
> Forwarded as I received it.
> Walt
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: [linuxham] [OT]  Russian Prime Minister Putin orders Linux 
> for Nation [1 Attachment]
> Date: Tue, 04 Jan 2011 14:11:33 -0600
> From: Ken N9VV <n9vv at wowway.com>
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> <*>[Attachment(s) from Ken N9VV included below]
> wow! Brazil, Cuba, Russia....
> <URL:
> http://www.linuxfordevices.com/c/a/News/Russia-issues-order-to-switch-government-IT-to-Linux/ 
> >
> Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin signed an order yesterday
> calling for the federal government to switch to Linux from proprietary
> operating systems such as Microsoft Windows, starting in 2Q 2012. The
> move to Linux is the most significant change in an edict encouraging a
> transition from proprietary software to free alternatives throughout the
> Russian government through 2015.
> As Vator.tv noted in reporting the story, working from a translated
> CNews Open report, Russia has a large installed base of Microsoft
> Windows users. Many, if not most, of the Windows installations in Russia
> are pirated. Yet the move should still prove to be a major financial
> setback for Microsoft, especially in regard to server installations,
> where pirated Windows implementations are less common, suggests the 
> story.
> Putin's executive order calls for a switch to Linux and other free
> software for the five-year period from 2011 through 2015, says Cnews
> Open. The order affects all Russian federal agencies and any
> organizations funded by the federal budget.
> In addition, the executive order is said to call for the establishment
> of a repository for Linux distros and other free operating systems by
> the second quarter of 2012. By this same deadline, a pilot program will
> be implemented using Linux and other free software in government and
> fiscal institutions. The program will be concluded in the third quarter
> of 2014, says Cnews Open.
> The CNews Open story quotes Alexei Smirnov, CEO of Russian Linux
> distribution company ALT Linux, as saying that Russia is moving toward
> Linux and other software not only to save money, but also to funnel any
> remaining software expenditures to Russian firms instead of foreign
> software companies. In addition, Smirnov said, the move to open source
> should spur innovation.
> With the global recession, there has been a continuing emphasis in using
> Linux in IT programs pushed by emerging economies. These include major
> efforts to switch to Linux in government and education in India and 
> Brazil.
> While cost has been the major motivator, many countries also prefer
> Linux and open source software for its ease of customization and
> independence from U.S. control. For example, Russia's former Communist
> bloc partner Cuba developed its own version of Gentoo Linux last year
> called Nova.
> Tailored for Cuban society, Nova is being actively encouraged as a
> replacement for Windows. A report this week from China's Xinhaunet says
> that Cuba has made "significant progress" in the transition to Nova, and
> that it plans to have the majority of government agencies switched over
> from Windows by the end of 2011.
> Windows fell out of favor for because of cost, and was also a response
> to the hassles in updating and acquiring the operating system (OS) due
> to to the U.S. embargo against Cuba. In addition, Cuba was said to have
> had concerns over U.S. government spying via the OS.
> Spying may also be a consideration in Moscow. Others have speculated
> that Putin's announcement was tied to the recent chill in Russia's
> diplomatic relations with the U.S.
> -----------------------------------------
> Ken

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