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.”