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[2]: cold war
by Lennie on Thu 28th Oct 2010 04:55 UTC in reply to "RE: cold war"
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The whole, Russia wants to build a Windows rival was already in the news something like a year ago.

This happend right around the same time, Microsoft/BSA/whatever started bullying them (or specifically Russias educational institutes) about piracy.

Paying Microsoft licences would be a lot more expensive.

But I wouldn't call Russia well-off, a very large share of the inhabitants are poor. To many to call it a well-off country for my taste anyway.

Edited 2010-10-28 04:59 UTC

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