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 lemur2 on Thu 28th Oct 2010 03:31 UTC in reply to "cold war"
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Cold war era neurotic mentality of not trusting your "enemies" software believing fabled "killswitches" is built into or just maybe they had enough of their own hackers. But hey, just because your paranoid does'nt mean they're not out to get you.

If you believe America's own press:
... then half of Windows PCs are compromised.

It would appear as though they ARE indeed out to get you.

Perhaps the Russian government can read, and simply wants to protect its people from getting ripped off?

AH, so what you're saying is that the US government would gladly use a closed-source operating system made by the Russians, the Chinese, North-Koreans or the Arabs?

Maybe it is about sovreignity as you suggest, but equally it might simply be about common sense. It is after all insanity for most people (those without access to significant professional IT help) to run Windows.

Edited 2010-10-28 03:34 UTC

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