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South Korean government studies feasibility of migrating to Linux

With the end of Microsoft's support for Windows 7, some unusual situations were created, such as the technology park of some governments, for example the South Korean.

At the beginning of last year, more precisely in May 2019, we made a report that the South Korean government was studying the migration of a large part of its Windows 7 computers to some Linux distribution, such as Ubuntu. It seems that now the plan is finally being put into practice.

At the time, the head of the Ministry of Strategy and Finance, Choi Jang-hyuk, commented that he wanted to reduce licensing costs and the government's dependence on Microsoft, in this case Windows. Still complementing:

We will resolve our dependency for a single company while reducing the budget, thus introducing an open source operating system.

It was projected that the update from Windows 7 to Windows 10 on South Korean government computers would be around 780 billion won (about US $ 655 million or almost R $ 2 and a half billion at the current price). The government's idea that by 2026 the migration be made from its Windows 7 workstations to the chosen Linux distributions is complete.

In a first step, let's say, the Ministry of National Defense and the National Police Agency are already using Harmonica OS 3.0, which is based on Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS how Cinnamon 4.2 (DE present in Linux Mint) and some apps Mint.

The Korean postal services division (equivalent to the Correios here in Brazil), is already migrating their Windows 7 PCs to the TMaxOS distro, which as far as I could ascertain based on Debian.

Another distro based on Debian that is being used by Defense and the Ministry of Public Administration and Security, Gooroom Cloud OS. This distro more focused on the desktop in the cloud, something that Chrome OS does.

Windows will still play an important role within the infrastructure of the South Korean government, as pointed out by the South Korean business news website, Aju Business Daily. The model of use today that government authorities have two PCs, one with Windows for intranet activities (access only to the local network and not to the internet) and one with a Linux distro to access the Internet.

By 2026, if you want to use Windows laptops for access to the government intranet and a type of virtual machine or a type of DaaS (Desktop-as-a-Service) accessing a type of server in the cloud, for other activities, such as internet access for example.

A point to be raised also, that Microsoft may enter into some agreement with the South Korean government and try to make it possible to update PCs with Windows 7 to Windows 10, as well as it may not happen and have the migration to some complete Linux distro. This will depend on how public policies of that government will be oriented until 2026, wait and see.

Information obtained by ZDNet staff. This article does not end here, keep exchanging an idea there in our forum, the Diolinux Plus. I hope you see you next time, a strong hug.


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