Russian President Orders Russian Government to Use Free Software by 2015

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has issued a government order that lays out the groundwork for a proposed transition of federal bodies and agencies to make use of free software, including Linux, by 2015.

The document outlines specific steps the government has to take in order to move off proprietary software and onto free or open source alternatives like Linux. The government order was approved on December 17 and will affect all federal agencies of the federal budget.

Each point of the document names the specific action that is required to be taken, the agency responsible for implementing the order, the time frame required to implement the order, as well as the expected result.

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The Russian government has been moving towards the direction of free or open source software for a while now. Back in 2008, the government ordered schools to implement free software packages on all of its computers. Schools that want to make use of proprietary software are free to do so, but have to finance such software out of their own budgets.

Russia is not the only country that has taken the steps to move towards free or open source software within government bodies. South Africa recently also indicated that it would be taking the move in implementing free or open source software on all government institution’s computers.

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