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The Positive Power of Ubuntu GNU/Linux Seen in South Korea

Posted in Asia, GNU/Linux, Ubuntu at 7:50 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: South Korea is seriously considering Ubuntu GNU/Linux as a nationally-approved option now that Windows XP gets back doors (not accessible only to the NSA and its affiliates)

UBUNTU has come under a lot of fire and persistent criticism this year. It has, however, made some unprecedented strides in making GNU/Linux more widely used (something which not only Ubuntu contributes to, as the Linux Foundation points out [1,2]_. Ubuntu, based on some reports, challenges not just Windows but also Wintel, which means x86 as well. This is a good thing and it has been something that Google has done with Android and Chromebooks. The “Google”-branded gear can run Ubuntu GNU/Linux well enough [3] and some derivatives of Ubuntu [4] come preinstalled on machines [5]. Some groups work on turning Android devices into a full GNU/Linux desktop computers [6], so efforts here are mutually beneficial.

In desperate attempts to dodge security issues and the ActiveX nightmare in South Korea [1, 2, 3, 4, 5], it is now reportedly the case that the South Korean government explores migration to Ubuntu. Gives South Korea’s reliance on Linux in Android [7,8], it should not be too shocking. the only reason South Korea hasn’t done so years ago was Microsoft’s ActiveX lock-in (already pointed out in the comments beneath the article “Ubuntu Emerges as Free Alternative Operating System to Windows” — an article that got some attention). According to this report, the government has a lot to do with it. “South Koreans are fully prepared to make a surprising move for all government workers,” Bogdan Popa reports. Microsoft has used ActiveX to suppress adoption of GNU/Linux, but the “government is working to change these laws” that make trade nearly impossible without ActiveX.

In a new analysis from Katherine Noyes it is argued that Ubuntu’s self segregation is not helping the overall cause. While this point is quite valid, this does not make Ubuntu “Evil”. Someone called Gonzalo Velasco C. is quotes as saying: “After using more than 15 distros for real, I can tell Ubuntu is good, and I would humbly say that a lot of derivative distros should be more respectful and thankful [...] FOSS people should not attack other distros! [...] I am not using Ubuntu now, but I don’t spit on the plate I have eaten from.”

This remark echoes the views of many people, to whom attacking Ubuntu seems like a distraction and a fight not worth fighting. Perhaps South Korea will be another nation among more (e.g. France) that fall for the brand/trademark and in the process find Free/libre software. Munich used Debian and it has worked exceptionally well, resulting in a successful migration of many computers [9-13].

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    In one of the premier open-source software deployments in Europe, the city migrated from Windows NT to LiMux, its own Linux distribution. LiMux incorporates a fully open-source desktop infrastructure. The city also decided to use the Open Document Format (ODF) as a standard, instead of proprietary options.

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  13. Munich’s push to Linux complete

    Munich’s long running switch to open source software has been successfully completed, with the vast majority of the public administration’s users now running its own version of Linux. The move is one of the largest open source software deployments in Europe, the city migrated from Windows NT to LiMux, its own Linux distribution.

    LiMux incorporates a fully open source desktop infrastructure. The city also decided to use the Open Document Format (ODF) as a standard, instead of proprietary options. It has taken nearly a decade to make the switch but as the project roled out there were more savings announced.

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