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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If one's primary source of information about Russia is mass media, it's easy to overlook the sad reality of the Evil Banana Republic.

Like almost everything having anything to do with the Russian state budget, it's pure graft and corruption. This is neither the first such attempt, nor the last one. Typically, it goes like this: the grantee would spend a tiny percentage of the allocated money to hire a subcontractor, who in turn would hire someone to do a half-ass translation of a distro. The rest of the money will end up in the Swiss bank accounts of the "entrepreneurs". So it goes.


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