Russians have been active with GNU/Linux for many years and their government has made progress in adopting GNU/Linux. Now, there is a five-year plan. Five-year plans are a bit of a tradition in that region, having been commonly used to steer the ship from the control room since the Stalinist Era. While the planned centralized economy was disastrous at times there were not many options except greater chaos.
This five-year plan looks like an admission that what they are doing has been flawed:
- allowing a foreign corporation, M$, to run the internal workings of government,
- paying huge sums unnecessarily for the privilege of operating the Russian IT system, and
- having an insecure IT system by design.
Putin has signed-off on the order and the five-year time-frame suggests the Russians are serious about it and expect a successful conclusion. They realize it is a big job and they obviously want to be thorough. This is much better than the never-ending tale of Munich’s migration. Better to plan to take longer than necessary instead of constantly moving the goal posts.
Again, I prefer much more rapid migrations. Five years is probably a life-cycle for much of their IT and this plan may be equated to changing to GNU/Linux as systems are replaced. That could work but may be disruptive more-or-less like any upgrade. This long time-frame may increase costs, however. If they have to replace something before they are ready they may have to pay more to M$. I am sure Munich has paid more licence fees to M$ because their migration has taken 7 years and is still incomplete. If you cannot make the plan one year and execute it the next, perhaps you should not be in IT. The largest migration I did took several man-weeks to plan and to execute. It could have been done in half the time if I had been Dictator and could get others to do their jobs readily. I am sure Russia could do this in 2 years if everyone were paddling in the same direction. It’s the pushing and pulling that sap energy.