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What Your Business Can Learn from Russia
Written by Daniel   
Friday, 29 October 2010 17:42

From PC World

"Freedom" may not be a concept that's historically associated with Russia, but as for technology, the federation will soon be far freer than many businesses can even imagine--free from Windows, that is, and its legacy of high costs, malware, and perpetual hardware upgrades.

Following in the footsteps of numerous other governments around the world, Moscow has reportedly set aside 150 million rubles to develop a national software system that's based instead on Linux. Its goals? To reduce Russia's dependence on Microsoft and to increase security, according to reports.

"We will become independent of Windows," Russian deputy Ilia Ponomarev told AFP Wednesday. The details of the new operating system will reportedly be decided at a meeting in December.

Now, this isn't the first time we've heard reports of Russia's tech-independence plans. Back in 2007, meanwhile, Moscow decreed that all schools in the state must switch to Linux-based software by next year, according to the Moscow Times.

Developing a brand-new Linux distribution is probably also not the way most organizations will want to go, given how many excellent ones are already out there. Nevertheless, Russia is providing yet another example of an organization calling it quits on the Windows treadmill.

Why are countless large organizations doing the same--and why should you consider a like move for your business? Here are just a few of the many reasons.

1. Freedom

As the Russians have found, vendor lock-in is not a fun situation for an organization of any size. When that happens, you are at the mercy of the vendor's vision--such as it may be--along with its requirements, dictates, prices, priorities, and timetable. With Linux, on the other hand, you are in control, and you have a worldwide community of developers and users at your disposal for development and support.

2. Flexibility

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