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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I doubt spying even makes it on the list of reasons why governments are moving away from proprietary software. It costs governments money to license the software, which could be better spent on themselves. The government, US in this case, could create laws, impose sanctions/embargoes , raise tariffs, etc., which would prevent another government from updating their systems, or use them to strong-arm another government into doing what it wants them to do.

I am sure open-source has been capable for years, but it is probably the culmination of events in recent years that has governments making an active push to use open-source. Since it will take year to complete it makes sense to start now, especially when there is no real urgency to be using open-source (i.e. get their ducks in a row before s*** happens).

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