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NewsForge: Russian Government Quiet About its Move Toward Linux

Jul 18, 2002, 07:00 (27 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Tober)

"If the Cold War Soviet mindset was known for nothing else, it was known for secrecy. Today's Russian government also seems set on maintaining as much secrecy as possible, at least about its IT infrastructure. This isn't surprising considering Russian President Vladimir Putin and most of his ministry heads are former KGB operatives.

"But recently, there has been evidence of Linux use in the Russian government. Earlier this year, Sergei Antimonov, director general of Russian anti-virus company DialogueScience, Inc., said the Russian Ministry of Defense and other government institutions were looking at using 'Open Source Unix-like operating systems' and related software in near future. 'There are three reasons: security, price and openness,' Antimonov says.

"Putin may be the stimulus to make Open Source the ubiquitous IT infrastructure in Russia, according to Viacheslav Kaloshin, technical manager, for IP-Tel Company. Kaloshin says Putin is outspoken about his desire to end the country's dependence on Western software production by building up Russian development..."

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