All Russian schools to run Linux by 2009

October 17, 2007

Tux the Linux Mascot

Russia has taken steps to combat software piracy in its schools by choosing to go completely open source and use the Linux operating system over Microsoft Windows.

Since Russia entered the World Trade Organisation, laws on this subject are much stricter, meaning it can no longer turn a blind eye to software piracy. So faced with a massive licensing bill to become legal, they have chosen to go completely open source.

I’m sure other countries will be eager to see how this pans out for the Russian education authority.

More at the BBC…

One possible decision was to buy licenses for all the software being used – but so much software was being used, it proved too expensive… so the decision was taken to use free software, although not immediately, but over three years.”

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  1. I am surprised that this is not a universal fact (linux in schools). It seems a shame that schools need to pay for an operating system at all. Ubuntu apparently has a program where they refurbish computers and install Ubuntu on it and give these to schools/learning centers for children.

    Comment by Danielle — October 17, 2007 @ 11:08 pm

  2. I do feel the operating system is becoming less and less important as society moves to a centralised way of working. Maybe to a point where the main factor is the price.

    Comment by Jamie — October 29, 2007 @ 7:41 pm

  3. Every little bit helps – thanks (and keep them coming)!

    Comment by sofia — November 13, 2007 @ 1:45 pm

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