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Russia Keeps Working on GNU/Linux (and Fighting Against Microsoft Corruption)

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Summary: ALT Linux and ASPLinux continue to be developed, despite disruptions from Microsoft and its partners

A FEW days ago we revisited Microsoft's tricks in Russian schools and we also mentioned the fact that Russian spies may be working at Microsoft (while the Russian secret services get access to Vista 7 source code). Russia routinely takes legal action against Microsoft for its market abuses [1, 2, 3], so Microsoft relies on diplomacy.



According to this report, Russia is helping Mandriva, on which some of its systems are based and the plan for a GNU/Linux-based national operating system is still on.

Russia plans to create its own national operating system (OS), said Ilya Massukh, Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Mass Communications of Russia, as reported by newspaper Vedomosti. The OS is going to be Linux-based. The working prototype of the OS shall be available by the end of 2011. The newspaper mentioned Russian software vendors ALT Linux and ASPLinux among potential developers of the Russian national OS.


Here is some of the latest information about a Microsoft employee who came to Redmond from Russia and got deported for allegedly spying. Will anyone trust Microsoft's Fog Computing with sensitive data?

Karetnikov was arrested in June 28 in Seattle, and detained until his Tuesday hearing, which was held in New York.


Compared to the Russian mafia or the KGB, Microsoft is not much better. A European government delegate compared Microsoft methods to “Scientology cult”.

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