“The State Duma, the lower house of Russia’s Federal Assembly, is working on a law to reduce government dependence on IBM, Microsoft and Oracle. According to Bloomberg, Russian government agencies will be restricted in buying proprietary software, and will have to prefer open source software instead.
This step further pushes proprietary vendors out of Russia. Russian companies are increasingly buying software from domestic providers like Diasoft and New Cloud technologies, or deploying open source packages like PostgreSQL and Linux, instead of purchasing licensed packages from companies like Oracle, Autodesk and Siemens.”
See Russia kicks out IBM, Microsoft and OracleI’ve long advocated that governments prefer FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software) simply because it’s the right way to do IT, having total control of the software and saving on licensing fees. Russia made some moves to GNU/Linux years ago to avoid violations of copyright and recently to FLOSS generally because of economic sanctions. Those sanctions are halfhearted like a lot of what Obama did. They represent bans on travel and bank accounts by a list of Russians who likely would not travel to the West in any event. The sanctions could be much tougher, actually hurting Russia’s economy seriously. Perhaps the move to FLOSS is a preemptive measure.
Whatever the motivations, the end result will be the same, a ramping up of utilization of FLOSS in Russia, a good thing. It’s too bad Russia did not make these moves a decade or longer ago which would have caused the move to be completed by now. Too bad Putin isn’t as reasonable in his other dealings with the West.