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- Discussion on slashdot here
Now, this is very good news indeed! As far as I know, Russia is the last of the BRICS countries to take that decision (yes, I did put an ‘s’ at BRICS since South Africa has now joined this group). As far as I know, the first BRICS country to move to GNU/Linux was China which ordered all state organizations to make the move. Brazil did something similar, but I am not sure about the details. In the case of India, I remember that following a visit to India by Richard Stallman the Indian government also decided to favor a transition to GNU/Linux. South Africa, the birthplace of Ubuntu GNU/Linux, has been using GNU/Linux for a while now, though I am not sure to what degree. In the case of Russia, having a much more centralized regime than the rest of the BRICS with the exception of China, I expect that transition to be undertaken very fast. In fact, according to Putin’s decree, it should be completed by 2015.
Fantastic news indeed!