Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Oct 2010 22:33 UTC, submitted by sawboss
In the News "The Russian state plans to revamp its computer services with a Windows rival to reduce its dependence on US giant Microsoft and better monitor computer security, a lawmaker said Wednesday. Moscow will earmark 150 million rubles (3.5 million euros, 4.9 million dollars) to develop a national software system based on the Linux operating system, Russian deputy Ilia Ponomarev told AFP, confirming an earlier report in the Vedomosti daily." Right. I guess this has absolutely nothing to do with this. Want to buy a unicorn?
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RE: cold war
by JoeBuck on Wed 27th Oct 2010 23:40 UTC in reply to "cold war"
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For a country as well-off as Russia, this is a piddlingly small amount of money (a few cents per citizen). And I don't think it has anything to do with Microsoft granting a license to nonprofits to stop the authorities from using "piracy" as an excuse to raid them, there are many other excuses.

I'm sure that the main interest is in having a fully auditable OS, rather than one with possible back doors that are easy to hide in a closed-source system.

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