The Russian government is looking to develop and deploy an operating system to compete with Microsoft Windows, Yahoo reports. The new OS is intended to reduce the dependency of Russian business on the Redmond company. Russian lawmakers also cited security as a concern. To complete this project, Russia is earmarking the equivalent of $4.9 million.
The as-yet unnamed OS will be based on the Linux operating system, but many feel this course of action has the potential to result in a poorly designed and supported operating system. This whole thing comes in shades of North Korea's Red Star Linux if you ask us. With high piracy rates in Russia, it may be harder than expected to get businesses to move to this new option.