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Russia To Develop a National Operating System

kdawson posted more than 5 years ago | from the cutting-the-cord dept.

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Elektroschock writes "According to Russian media, the Russian Government is going to develop a National Operating System (Google translation; Russian original) to lower its dependencies on foreign software technology licensing. The Russian plan will base its efforts on Linux and expects a worldwide impact. Microsoft is also involved in the roundtable process that led to the recommendation. The Chinese government successfully lowered its Microsoft licensing costs through an early investment in a national Linux distribution. I wonder if other large markets, such as the European Union, will also develop their own Linux distributions or join in the Russian initiative."

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In Soviet russia (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26576067)

System operates YOU!

Re:In Soviet russia (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26576411)

Yo, dog, the FSB heard that you might not like Putin, so they put their NOS in yo PC so they can sniff while you web.

Re:In Soviet russia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26576927)

modded offtopic??

Re:In Soviet russia (-1, Troll)

Selfbain (624722) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576941)

Look this joke is very simple. If it doesn't make sense when you reverse it, you're doing it wrong. If we reverse your joke we get: You operate system.

Fail.

In Russia (1, Funny)

Ancient_Hacker (751168) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576111)

In Russia, system boots you!

Re:In Russia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26576185)

No, it's rather:

In Soviet Russia, you boot systems!

Re:In Russia (1)

ForrestFire439 (1458475) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576331)

That doesn't make sense.

Re:In Russia (3, Funny)

h4rm0ny (722443) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576261)


And we shall call this new O/S... Cossux!

Re:In Russia (0, Redundant)

Metasquares (555685) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576597)

No, no... In Soviet Russia, the System operates YOU!

Re:In Russia (1)

hattig (47930) | more than 5 years ago | (#26577025)

"In Soviet Russia, the Operating System runs|owns YOU!"

Which is oddly correct in more than just the meme construction.

"In The Matrix, the Operating System installs you."

Is also correct on both counts.

Re: Boots (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 5 years ago | (#26577055)

I'm sorry to say you're right.

According to Alexandr S. m in the Gulag islands, this was a favorite method.

Reduce the cost of licensing? (1)

IndustrialComplex (975015) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576115)

I never thought Russia to be that big into licensing and copyrights.

Re:Reduce the cost of licensing? (1)

tritonman (998572) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576169)

I wonder if it will have built in software cracking tools.

Re:Reduce the cost of licensing? (0)

ByOhTek (1181381) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576665)

It will come pre-installed with all of the trojans used by the spammers. Russia will become the biggest contributor to the biggest botnet ever.

Think about how many emails /per second/ people will be able to receive for viagra and penis/breast enlargement. On top of that, their recently deceased royal family from Nigeria...

Won't it be great?

Re:Reduce the cost of licensing? (5, Funny)

jandrese (485) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576273)

It apparently matters to someone, since China apparently got the price lowered as well. I have to wonder if it was worth all of the international hooplah to reduce the price of the single copy of Windows they bought.

Re:Reduce the cost of licensing? - Other Countries (1, Interesting)

screenbert (253482) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576815)

Iran [74.125.47.132] has already created a National Operating System saying that it shortens time to train younger researchers.

For me I just hope to be able to juggle [youtube.com] in Russia one day.

Re:Reduce the cost of licensing? (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576355)

I never thought Russia to be that big into licensing and copyrights.

There is the official Russian stance for the international community, and the understood stance of some people who live there (and what they think of copyright and licensing).

Careful not to confuse the two. This statement on developing a national operating system came from the government, which knows it needs to at least outwardly appear to play by the rules of the rest of the international community. Conversely this likely won't mean squat to the spammers who are offering you dirt-cheap "windows downloads".

Re:Reduce the cost of licensing? (5, Insightful)

erroneus (253617) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576397)

It matters at least on the surface. The "big deal" is being a member of the WTO. You can't be a player in the WTO if you are branded as a thief. The other kids won't want to play with you!

But, just as Ernie Ball, moving away from Microsoft is a good plan and illustrates perfectly now they are not as necessary as people think. But invariably, people are lured into taking the "easy" path... not changing and settling for a lower price and incentive to stay. "Lower price" is not the only incentive, of course... but officially, lower price is the incentive.

Re:Reduce the cost of licensing? (3, Insightful)

zappepcs (820751) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576905)

....You can't be a player in the WTO if you are branded as a thief. The other kids won't want to play with you!

I think this statement sums up the WTO fantastically well. It's a club for schoolkids, pretending to be important. They are all thieves, but you don't want ALL of the rest of them calling you a thief. As long as it's only one or two of them, you're ok.

Johnny trades me marbles at a good deal because I have a good supply of bubble gum that he likes. Sure, I trade it to other kids too, but I need the marbles so Johnny and I trade on the side. I think the playground is a great analogy for the WTO.

Sounds like a perfect match to me (2, Insightful)

Mateo_LeFou (859634) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576617)

Copyright etc. is a form of planned economy: "Ppl won't create the *correct number of books/movies/etc. unless the government 'incentivizes' the production thereof by enforcing the creators' exclusive rights to copy/modify/etc." *where "correct" is determined by said government...

And there won't be *any* backdoors... (4, Insightful)

rpjs (126615) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576119)

...installed by the FSB or whatever it is the KGB is calling itself these days, honest tovarishch.

Re:And there won't be *any* backdoors... (1)

winphreak (915766) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576241)

Exactly my first thought. It'd be interesting if the Russian government actually releases the source on government-created programs or modifications done to the original system.

Don't they already have one? (5, Funny)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576123)

Isn't their National Operating System called Communism?

Re:Don't they already have one? (5, Funny)

CrimsonScythe (876496) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576173)

No, it's called Lenix.

Re:Don't they already have one? (2, Interesting)

f1vlad (1253784) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576267)

Lol, I wish it was called Lenix :) that would be cool.

Re:Don't they already have one? (5, Funny)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576309)

I bet Microsoft would have a field day with that.

Proof! Open Source = Communism

Re:Don't they already have one? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26576513)

Open Source IS communism
Thats why its sooo popular.
Communism dont only have bad sides!

Re:Don't they already have one? (1)

jank1887 (815982) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576977)

communism or socialism?

Re:Don't they already have one? (3, Insightful)

TeXMaster (593524) | more than 5 years ago | (#26577043)

communism or socialism?

Communism is (a form of) socialism (the converse being obviously not true).

Re:Don't they already have one? (5, Funny)

Nerdfest (867930) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576473)

It would totally have to be based on RedHat.

Re:Don't they already have one? (1)

_Sprocket_ (42527) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576623)

No, it's called Lenix.

Is just as good as Linux; 'e' better than 'i'.

Re:Don't they already have one? (4, Funny)

jonaskoelker (922170) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576751)

I hear it's designed to run a certain extremely aggressive Scheme compiler...

(apt-cache search is your friend)

Re:Don't they already have one? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26576889)

I hear the French are developing a national operating system too. They're calling it White Flag Linux. [wikipedia.org]

Should read: (1)

FireStormZ (1315639) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576129)

Russia to make national distribution... Red Flag beat you to that game..

Wow RED (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26576159)

Cool

Too many morons in EU Parliament (5, Interesting)

VincenzoRomano (881055) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576163)

EU politiacians don't understand (or don't want to) the importance, the strategy and the economics of an EU-wide open-source policy!
Private interests are more important by far!

Re:Too many morons in EU Parliament (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26576589)

Or maybe they just understand that by utilising open protocols and open source software this bullshit concept of nationalism needn't even be a factor in software development and deployment.

Re:Too many morons in EU Parliament (1)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 5 years ago | (#26577005)

EU politiacians don't understand (or don't want to) the importance, the strategy and the economics of an EU-wide open-source policy!
Private interests are more important by far!

Other than Microsoft, what private interests are there to discuss?
/It isn't like the companies that write MS only software can't learn how to program for Linux.

Obligatory (4, Funny)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576203)

In Soviet Russia, National Operating System develops YOU!

Re:Obligatory (1)

AioKits (1235070) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576285)

Let me donate to this worthy cause.
In Soviet Russia, kernel compiles you!

Re:Obligatory (1)

avronius (689343) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576813)

Are you sure that it isn't:

In Soviet Russia, kernel complies!

Re:Obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26576463)

In Korea, only old people develop National Operating Systems.

Re:Obligatory (1)

pitchpipe (708843) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576573)

Sorry folks. The story was supposed to be released on April 1st, but the editors fucked up. This story was tailor made for Slashdot by the Onion.

But will they (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26576207)

adhere to the GPL and return their changes back to the community?

Re:But will they (2, Insightful)

VincenzoRomano (881055) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576675)

They should, but hardly they will.
And even so, who will enforce GPL in that country?
Obama?

Re:But will they (1)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 5 years ago | (#26577031)

Oh so what... They won't able to stop people from modifying, disassembling, and distributing it on their own. That's your community. No rules saying you have to use the "official" downloads.

In soviet russia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26576231)

Operating System uses you!

Obligatory (-1, Redundant)

Rinisari (521266) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576237)

In Soviet Russia, operating systems develop YOU!

Obligatory Soviet Russia Joke... (0, Redundant)

bhunachchicken (834243) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576293)

In Soviet Russia, "rm -rf /" deletes you! :)

Bonus feature... (4, Funny)

GameMaster (148118) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576295)

If it detects you making unfavorable comments about Putin it send your address off to a mailing center where they send you a free "gift" package of Polonium-laced tea (Earl Gray, of course, to increase the chance of computer geeks drinking it).

Re:Bonus feature... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26576547)

Only if its HOT. The polonium should make sure of that, though.

But if Russia develops it... (4, Funny)

hendrix2k (1099161) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576321)

... who will there be to pirate it?

Re:But if Russia develops it... (3, Funny)

VincenzoRomano (881055) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576697)

Chinese?

its ok to mark me interesting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26576353)

so microsoft was like, we recommend you stop pirating windows and go to linux, please. kthxbai.

seems like MS is tired of russian piracy to the point they aren't even trying to make money there anymore.

this will probably also help diminish russia's impact on trojans/backdoors in windows. fewer pirated software downloads will be distributed/infected by russia. MS probably sees this as a win-win.

even fewer of those viruses/botnets will be written by russian programmers if a majority of them don't even have/use the platform.

GPL v Govt Freeriders (1)

PMuse (320639) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576357)

Very interesting. A lot of FOSS uses the GPL as a tool to prevent closed-source, copyright-dependent companies from freeriding on the FOSS and contributing nothing. Of course, the GPL can't really be enforced against a state actor.

So, what to do about a state that takes GPL software, modifies it, redistributes it, maybe even charges for it?

Re:GPL v Govt Freeriders (3, Informative)

djmurdoch (306849) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576525)

So, what to do about a state that takes GPL software, modifies it, redistributes it, maybe even charges for it?

Why would you need to do anything? Those are all allowed under the GPL.

Re:GPL v Govt Freeriders (1)

godrik (1287354) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576657)

The question should be. What can the GPL do against a state. What would happen if they decide to develop and distribute a closed source version ?

Recursion? (0, Redundant)

GameMaster (148118) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576405)

In Soviet Russia, operating system designs Soviet Russia.

Re:Recursion? (1)

GameMaster (148118) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576951)

Yes, yes, I fully expected to get (-1, Redundant). Personally, I hate how overused the "In Soviet Russia" meme is but, in this case, I just couldn't resist. I figured the programming/OS tie in might add a, somewhat, new spin to it. ;-)

In other news (4, Funny)

rolfwind (528248) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576407)

Nasa and the military are cooperating with Microsoft on the next generation of ICBM. With Chair-based warheads.

Re:In other news (1)

pitchpipe (708843) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576727)

Check or uncheck the box to detonate or not detonate warhead.
[CANCEL][ALLOW]

Re:In other news .. Could give rise to a new (1)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576865)

Senate Arm Chairs Communitte....

Save money on licences... (5, Insightful)

ds_job (896062) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576421)

... but spend money on developing an operating system. Can they not just save all the hassle and choose Red Hat / Ubuntu / Debian / SlackWare / Mandriva / anything else at http://distrowatch.com [distrowatch.com] ?

Seems like reinventing the wheel here.

Re:Save money on licences... (1)

gambino21 (809810) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576765)

I'm sure they will base their distribution on one of the existing ones. So they will probably take ubuntu or fedora for example and fork it. Then inspect and test the code and maybe add a few things (to monitor the users?), and then release their own distribution. The problem with just choosing standard Red Hat or Ubuntu is that they would still depend on a foreign company which is part of the reason they want to get away from M$.

It's about time! (5, Insightful)

MarkEst1973 (769601) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576427)

Why any country would voluntarily base their national security on imported, closed-source, non-free software is beyond my reasoning. If a country wants to control its infrastructure, it must use free software. Same goes for us computers users, too, of course, but the stakes are much higher for a sovereign nation.

What A Stupid Argument (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26576987)

You can try to apply this argument to just about anything and see how dumb it is:

Why any country would voluntarily base their national security on imported, closed-source, XXXX is beyond my reasoning.

Do you think countries that don't have their own automobile, airplane, computer, food industry are sacrificing some weird notion of security? Of course not.. it's all about opportunity cost, time value of money, etc.

Please read up on basic economics.

Something in common... (2, Interesting)

argent (18001) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576443)

Looks like President Medvedev of Russia [cnews.ru] and President Obama of the United States [gunaxin.com] have something in common.

Yes - sound strategic policy (4, Insightful)

JSBiff (87824) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576803)

Seriously, not being dependent on foreign companies for critical national technological infrastructure is in the strategic national interests of every nation on earth. If you are a foreign nation, how do you know that the OS you are getting from $OS_Vendor doesn't have 'wiretaps', back-doors, remote kill switches, or other secrets in the software which $OS_Vendor, or the nation to which $OS_Vendor is based out of, can use to cripple you? Another problem is, that $OS_Vendor could simply stop providing you with necessary patches to update known problems and vulnerabilities in the OS.

One possible solution would be, if you are using a closed-source vendor, to require that vendor to provide the government with buildable source code, which could be reviewed by your own Computer Scientists, then built by your government, and distributed throughout the nation. This also allows your developers to provide your nation with patches and support if you are cut off from support from $OS_Vendor. That is not true Open-Source, but that is still, effectively, a "National Operating System". Open Source is one step better though, because you have, potentially, a lot larger base of people that are reviewing the code. That whole Eric Raymond thing to the effect that with sufficiently many eyes, all bugs are shallow.

Just saying that some foreign leader that is not well liked has something in common with another leader is sort of mis-leading, because there will often be many things in common between good leaders and bad leaders - what's important often isn't the similarities, but the differences.

Re:Yes - sound strategic policy (1)

argent (18001) | more than 5 years ago | (#26577033)

I think you're reading more into my posting than I thought I put there.

Innovation ? (1)

abester1 (445298) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576453)

Can this drive additional innovation ?

Re:Innovation ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26576659)

Can this drive additional innovation ?

Doubt it. Just repackage someone else's Linux distro and stick a Russian flag on it.

Same goes for China, they just buy/steal western products and ideas, things they couldn't invent under their regime.

Mahst gate Moose end Sqvurel (1, Insightful)

Ralph Spoilsport (673134) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576471)

I doubt the EU would join the russian initiative as I am betting dollars for donuts the Russian .gov will insist on some kind of funky back door.

I also doubt that the EU will develop their own as the specification dev. will get atuck in some subcommittee for 5 years, and only result in recommendations for the main committee to consider the review for implementation pending EU ministry approval, which will come from the findings of some other subcommittee blah blah blah...

My guess is the Russians will make a national OS, and it will be wired directly into Putin's brain.

The EU will sit around and do nothing for a very long time, and then when TSHTF, they'll hire some Germans to work 24/7 for a month and it will be awesome, if austere.

The USA, will continue with its Free Market Religion, and will be passed by, because the rest of the world figured out it doesn't always work.

RS

Re:Mahst gate Moose end Sqvurel (1)

silanea (1241518) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576729)

[...] when TSHTF, they'll hire some Germans to work 24/7 for a month and it will be awesome, if austere. [...]

Depends. If T-Systems get involved (and seeing how many people they have in their pocket they would get a slice of the cake) we'd be better off just staying with Windows. Or moving to Red Flag Linux and providing free Chinese classes to the whole of the European population. In either case we'd end up with a usable system cheaper and in less time.

Re:Mahst gate Moose end Sqvurel (1)

LighterShadeOfBlack (1011407) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576793)

Right. So you think nationalism is what's been missing from the software industry? What is this, Fucktards Get In For Free Day at slashdot?

Re:Mahst gate Moose end Sqvurel (1)

bmcage (785177) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576947)

In case you didn't see the pattern, I'll spell it out: developing countries try to break into the software business because they see 75% profit margins in the developed world.

The EU will not make an OS, Mandriva, Suse, ... are/were EU companies.

Not just yet (5, Informative)

qWen71n (1176393) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576533)

What the article actually says, is that some members of Russian parliament are just _proposing_ to develop a national OS. M$ representatives, on the other hand, say that it is not a national OS which Russia need, but to make use the technologies which are already exist. so, don't get excited just yet - there are many things they talk about in Russia.

Meme overload! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26576567)

overlords... will it run lin... in soviet russ...

[ERROR MEME OVERL- NO CARRIER

Re:Meme overload! (1)

JSBiff (87824) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576857)

Oh, oh, you forgot. . .

. . .a beowulf cluster running this. . .

Re:Meme overload! (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 5 years ago | (#26577059)

Won't anyone please think of the child processes?

Here We Go Again... (1, Funny)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576569)

"Yes, comrades, we're developing our own operating system!"

"Isn't it just Linux with a few custom utilities in Cyrillic?"

"Yes, but it will be different, it will be a National Operating System!"

"Except that it the overwhelming majority of the code is written by people all over the world."

"Here, comrade, have a polonium cookie."

cccp (5, Funny)

canuck08 (1421409) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576599)

Will it be written in C..C..C Plus?

Re:cccp (1)

gzipped_tar (1151931) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576909)

Ha! That's funny.

Had I got modpoints I'd have modded you up :)

And if the new OS' name becomes "Cossux" [slashdot.org] , will "UUCP" be substituted by "CCCP"? ;)

Piracy (1)

Lazypete (863757) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576613)

The pirates are going to add DRM and try to sell the new OS

Re:Piracy (1)

cloakable (885764) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576843)

Sorry, Vista is already here, and Windows 7 is in Beta. Too late.

Not National OS (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576721)

This is a national linux distribution. The net result is that Microsoft loses more customers, that's significant, but it's not like Russia is coming up with something from scratch. If they run with Open Office on this distro, that will also be significant. The whole idea of trying to divorce themselves from dependence upon western software is also interesting.

History makes me wonder (0, Redundant)

jackspenn (682188) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576723)

1). If they will completely rewrite their kernel as much as they rewrite their Constitution.
2). If they will simply steal ideas from the West, change them a bit and call them their own.
3). If all kernels are created equal.
4). If they will follow the GNU and open source and provide their changes to the OSS community.

Re:History makes me wonder (1)

east coast (590680) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576993)

All kernels are equal but some kernels are more equal than others.

Nope, EU won't join (1)

DaleCooper82 (860396) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576733)

I sincerely think (and do hope) EU won't join in this. Especially in the light of recent events around the gas [bbc.co.uk] , who would be crazy enough to jump into another dependency on that country?

Re:Nope, EU won't join (1)

GameMaster (148118) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576893)

Actually, this is the perfect place for the EU to work with Russia. It provides the possibility of improving relations in case either Putin or anyone who comes after him change their attitude and might help to bring about that change. The nice thing about using open source (assuming they honor the GPL) is that there is no true dependency on either side. In the event that either side chooses to stop sharing resources, the other side has the source code. The only way the EU could be burned would be if they didn't have their own developers intimately familiar with the source code and were relying, entirely, on the Russians to develop the project. In that case, it ceases to be a joint project and becomes the EU leeching off of Russia meaning that the EU would deserve the bad situation they'd find themselves in. I highly doubt that they would let it come to that. Of course, there would have to be high diligence on both sides to make sure there aren't any backdoors added to the code but another nice feature of open source software is that all changes made are in plain sigh for anyone to inspect.

Relaible as the Soyuz (1)

bogaboga (793279) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576743)

I hope that the software will be as reliable as the Soyuz [russianspaceweb.com] craft.

When System crashes (1)

Timberwolf0122 (872207) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576771)

In your country opperating system reports on crash, in Soviet Russia crash reports on you.

If it's as good as a Russian car... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26576805)

Damn, I can't think of a good car analogy.

I'll give the Russians this... (1)

GPLDAN (732269) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576863)

If they know anything, they should know their queue structures... bool empty() - Returns True if empty, False if Full, and for 50,000 rubles you can insure that it always returns True!

int size() - When value exceeds 5 digits, FSB Process appears and imprisons all additional data to shorten queue length.

In Russian stack structures, they will not follow LIFO. Instead it will be Last In achieves resource starvation, First In gets out first. Reverse Polish Notation will hereby be called Forward Russian Notation.

CONFIDENCE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26576891)

Yes, I cannot think of anything more comforting in regards to my virtual privacy and security than to use an OS developed in the former Soviet Union!

Hopefully the RBN will have its brand all over it.

Hey maybe Obama can outsource all of our federal IT software to this new system and China can then do the maintenance and licensing.

Russian Capitalism (1)

MrLint (519792) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576917)

I think this ia great move to sure up the Russian economy. The govt can now commodize the Mafia spam/bot nets and sell cycles off to the highest bigger for scams and dubious online pharmacies.

I prefer this variant (1)

coolamber (755059) | more than 5 years ago | (#26576979)

In Soviet Russia.... wait for it wait for it System Operates YOU!

Microsoft 'involvement' != 'agreement' (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26576999)

The headline reads: 'Microsoft is also involved in the roundtable process that led to the recommendation.'

A quote from the (translated) article is: 'The Russian office of Microsoft believes that it is not needed at all: "Russia does not need a national OS."'

Surprise, surprise...

Posting AC since modded here.

The summary is wrong. Again. (5, Informative)

Akral (975984) | more than 5 years ago | (#26577021)

The article says that this is an idea, raised by some random people and it is only being organized and will be later offered to president Medvedev as a proposition. Calling it a fact, as the summary did, is so yellow press it hurts.
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