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Russia installing Linux in every school in the country
Written by Samuknow   
Thursday, 20 September 2007 05:41

According to CNews, a Russian counterpart to CNet, the Russian government is actively pursuing the development of a “Russian OS” to be available to every school in the country. While government-sponsored, the Russian operating system will be based on Linux and will be open source. The initiative will be accompanied by significant infrastructural changes supporting information technology in education.

According to CNews analyst Sergey Shalmanov,

the historically existing model to use software in education in Russia is sure to fail. It has already lost some of its advantages because of widely spread illegal practically free Miscrosoft software. The existing practice to install Windows software on school computers is not profitable both economically, because of discounts for client license, and strategically as it initially ties a young user to the platform and products of one company, although very popular and convenient in operation


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