Computerworld’s Grant Gross is reporting today that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has set plans in motion to migrate government IT infrastructure away from Microsoft products and toward Linux-based operating systems. According to translated governmental documents, the process will begin mid-2011 and is expected to be complete by 2015.
“The transition to open-source, or free, software will begin… with the Ministry of Communications examining what base software packages are needed for government agencies, according to the documents. During the same quarter, the ministry and other agencies will develop proposals for user support centers and for mechanisms to support software developers,” writes Gross. Pilot government agencies could begin using open source software as early as 2012.