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Glyn Moody today posted on his "Open..." blog: "Putin Orders Russian Move to GNU/Linux". I won't repeat the good overview Glyn Moody has already written. Read his post for the info and a look at the proposed timetable for the transition. Also see his other posts about Russia and open source software.

It is an interesting development. Russia has been talking about a national operating system but that has not really gotten off the ground.

One problem I'm hearing is the uneasiness that a Russian national OS could isolate Russians from most of the world. But, with the right conditions, it is not necessarily as big of a risk. One hint might be the popularity of the new .рф country code top level domain for Russia, Rather than being seen as isolating Russian in a Cyrillic ghetto, the Cyrillic domain registrations have passed the 500,000 mark and, as this post, the current stats are approaching 700K.  Perhaps, a key factor is that one can have both  .рф and .ru domains, giving flexibility and retain world accessibility. (More info about the .рф ccTLD on my Internationalised Domain Names -IDN Info site.)

Between Putin's support for the move and it's phased transition, this attempt to move to open source OS might succeed. I also hope that the Russian GNU/Linux move will truly keep the code open.

Regards
Jonathan

References (The following links go to Russian documents):
  • Cnews.ru article "Путин распорядился перевести власть на Linux"
  • Plan (timetable) for the Russian Federal government transition to GNU/Linux 2011-2015 (.doc): "ПЛАН: перехода федеральных органов исполнительной власти и федеральных бюджетных учреждений на использование свободного программного обеспечения на 2011 - 2015 годы"

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