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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Security is a big concern
by drcoldfoot on Thu 13th Jan 2011 22:10 UTC
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One thing proprietary software such as Microsoft's offerings add, is the ability to introduce code that could create backdoors, or even send data back to the source or government w/o the end user's consent or knowledge... all done vis the OS's kernel or via a driver of the Proprietary OS's signing. And since the OS is proprietary, it's extremely easy to introduce, either by the behest of a foreign government, or by the behest of the home government. At least with Opensource OSs I believe it is much more costly, resource intensive, and difficult to do or even keep in the wild without someone recognizing a "security flaw".

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