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South Korean government studies move to Linux

The South Korean government has been considering migrating its mostly Windows 7 computers to some solution. Linux, since free support from Windows 7th It now ends at the beginning of 2020.

According to The Korea Herald, South Korea's Ministry of Interior and Security said they plan to deploy Linux more widely on Government computers. The justification is that maintaining Microsoft's system is too expensive for public coffers.

Just to give you an idea, those who opt for support for Windows Enterprise, already in the first year after the end of Windows 7's life cost $ 25 per device. This price rises to $ 50 per device for the second year and $ 100 for the third year. Imagine this on thousands of computers, as occurs in various government offices. Nice money. Remember that Windows 7 was released in 2009 and the end of mainstream support ended in 2015.

Prior to full implementation, the Government will test the existing websites and software on its network, which were primarily designed and planned for Windows. If the platform transition is not problematic, the Linux implementation will be on all government computers.

To make this transition, the South Korean government will invest about $ 655 million (780 billion won) between deploying Linux and buying new computers. Another reason for the adoption of Linux, the security that it presents in relation to Windows, being known to be more robust.

Choi Jang-hyuk, head of the ministry's digital services department, said they expect cost savings by introducing the open source operating system and also hope to avoid dependence on a single operating system.

Two other iconic cases about governments adopting Linux have taken the news.

The first was from Munich / Germany, after more than 10 years using Linux returned to Windows, which according to the mayor, the staff would not have adapted and that the compatibility was not satisfactory. You can see a channel video reporting this.

The second case was the city of Barcelona / Spain, which started using Ubuntu and various free software as a standard in all government infrastructure. We made an article addressing this in more detail.

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Source: The Korea Herald

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