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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RE: Comment by robojerk
by vodoomoth on Fri 14th Jan 2011 13:54 UTC in reply to "Comment by robojerk"
vodoomoth
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2010-03-30

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.

Is it known whether the governments that have access to the source code are using a version built from that source code or a stock version? I mean, it doesn't sound that complicated to me to show a backdoors-free version and sell a version that contains them.

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