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.
Moscow will earmark 150 million rubles (3.5 million euros, $4.9 million) to develop a national software system based on the Linux operating system, Russian deputy Ilia Ponomarev said, confirming an earlier report in the Vedomosti daily.
"The devil is in the details," said Ponomarev, a computer expert, adding those details would be hashed out during a December meeting headed by vice-prime minister Sergei Ivanov.
"We will become independent of Windows ... but it risks becoming an unthinking implantation of Linux," he added.
Similar concerns about achieving technological independence prompted the Russian military to create the GLONASS satellite navigation system in the 1980s, to compete with the US Global Positioning System (GPS) and competition in the future from Europe's Galileo.
when will india launch its own os?with more than 110 crore population anything launched by india will be a definite hit.the main problem with linux is unavailability of hardware drivers;but if india launch an os and forces hardware venders to make the driver available it'll be a huge boon to the open-source community