Linked by runjorel on Thu 13th Jan 2011 19:35 UTC
Linux "At the end of 2010, the 'open-source' software movement, whose activists tend to be fringe academics and ponytailed computer geeks, found an unusual ally: the Russian government. Vladimir Putin signed a 20-page executive order requiring all public institutions in Russia to replace proprietary software, developed by companies like Microsoft and Adobe, with free open-source alternatives by 2015."
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by robojerk on Thu 13th Jan 2011 21:34 UTC
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It all comes down to money.

Spending who knows how many of dollars on licenses for Windows, Office, Photoshop, <<Insert proprietary product here>>, means money leaving your country's economy and into the the U.S. economy.

Using open source, these governments get free source code they can build on and hire local programmers to customize their code. This keeps money in their own economy, and creates some jobs for locals.

I really doubt these countries are worried about the US spying on them through Windows or something. Don't they (the governments) already have access to Microsoft's source code. Also any network engineer worth their salt would be monitoring traffic from any sensitive areas.

Edited 2011-01-13 21:35 UTC

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