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

Walt DuBose dubose at texas.net
Wed Jan 5 21:25:19 CST 2011

When Othniel and I were working at Kelly, I read in a computer magazine 
for government employees working the the computer field, that said that 
the seat price at that time was $54 per seat and $120 for MS.  That 
included a reduction in the number of personnel needed due to using Linux.


On 01/05/2011 08:55 AM, pcdls wrote:
> 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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>> To: LinuxHam Yahoo Group <linuxham at yahoogroups.com>,
>> qrplinux-l at lists.lehigh.edu, linux at tapr.org
>> <*>[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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