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Windows 7: Russian government is looking to dump Microsoft for homegrown software

22 Jul 2014   #1
A Guy

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Russian government is looking to dump Microsoft for homegrown software

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Microsoft's Windows software is used around the world by everyone from consumers to governments - the footprint of Windows is massive. But if you live in Russia, your dependence on Windows might be about to stagnate if the government has its way.

Thanks to political tension between the United States and Russia, along with newly announced sanctions by the US, Russia is looking to strike back at the US economy by limiting its use of Microsoft software. Microsoft was not alone in being called out as IBM, HP and Oracle will also be affected as well.
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23 Jul 2014   #2
Layback Bear

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It would take years for Russia to do such a thing.
Setting up their own software and hardware R and D and manufacturing doesn't happen overnight not even if they counterfeit most of it.
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29 Jul 2014   #3
jimbo45

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
It would take years for Russia to do such a thing.
Setting up their own software and hardware R and D and manufacturing doesn't happen overnight not even if they counterfeit most of it.
Hi there

That it certainly Won't -- Whatever else you say about Russia they've always had a huge load of very talented Mathematicians and Scientists -- don't forget that in the Cold War / Soviet era they had a very creditable Space program - and they had to do it with far inferior parts and facilities that were available to the USA -- even if the KGB managed to get some of the knowhow -- knowhow without the components or manufacturing ability isn't by itself of any use. What the Russians did teach us of course was the fact that almost anything can be "Reverse Engineered" and built using substitute materials and technology.

People who think Russia is a backward country should get off their high horses. We might not LIKE their political systems but don't undersitmate their Science, Engineering, Technology or even Medicine -- and they are almost the leading power in Robotics too.

Cheers
jimbo
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29 Jul 2014   #4
Layback Bear

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I'm not on a High Horse.
I have no problem choosing my words in my post so please don't try to put words in my post.

I don't care what country or what horse they rode in on.
It would take time for any country to start from scratch to R and D a operating system and the programs to go with it.
It would take as long to set up hardware and software manufacturing keep it all in house.
In that country.
When a country, any country is trying to build what companies like Intel, IBM, nVIDIA, Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, ect. have taken decades to do it's going to take time.
I don't care if it is Russians or living organisms from Pluto.
Of course this is just my opinion.
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29 Jul 2014   #5
jimbo45

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Hi there

This is why the Internet can cause mis-understandings -- no offence was meant -- all I was saying is that the Russians have shown that they are very capable of building / reverse engineering almost anything using alternate technologies and components and that we underestimate them at our peril. People often imply that Russia is a hideously backward country which copies everything -- I was trying to point out that taking this view is a big mistake even if we don't like their politics or agree to the mayhem they are causing in various parts of the world such as E.Ukraine etc.

Cheers
jimbo
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29 Jul 2014   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I never stated the country Russia was not capable of doing such things.
I stated it would take years to do it.
I never mentioned politics in any way shape or form.
I don't know what people you are talking about that think Russia is a backward country.
It's just me and you posting.
That makes my confused and lost.

Have a nice day.
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29 Jul 2014   #7
Arelem

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Regardless of who said what where to whom..........

It wouldn't take years. I'd give it months. Remember that all during the Cold War the Russians were pretty good at back engineering.
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30 Jul 2014   #8
lehnerus2000

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You are all assuming that they haven't been working on the "issue" prior to this point.

They may have a "solution" and this means they can do it with facing sanctions (since they are already copping them).

They could quickly deploy some Linux Distro (like Ubuntu or Linux Mint) and simply order workers to use it.
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30 Jul 2014   #9
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
Some Linux Distros are even more "Windows like" than Windows -- once they've cloned OFFICE (The Chinese have more or less done that already with what used to be Kingsoft Office - now WPS I think it's called) a lot of office workers can easily switch without having too much difficulty. (I have the Android version on my phone -- quite handy for reading small OFFICE docs on the phone -- I wouldn't try CREATING a spreadsheet on a small phone though !!).

There's an English version too and the EXCEL seems to do a reasonable job -- better than Libre Office -- a POWER EXCEL user probably wouldn't switch just yet (give it time) but it's MORE than good enough for the average EXCEL user. Reads and saves Ms Formats too !!!! so you don't lose compatibility with old Ms OFFICE docs. (No email client yet though -- but give that time too I'm sure one will appear just like OUTLOOK).

Cheers
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30 Jul 2014   #10
Iforgot

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
or living organisms from Pluto.
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I don't know if they got over the fact that the earth inhabitants don't classify there rock as a planet anymore.

PS
wasn't there something a while back about some Euro and Asian government looking more into Linux? IIRC
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