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Russian government decides to develop Windows alternative

By Emil
Oct 27, 2010
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  1. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,468   +622

    Wow pretty intense plan.
  2. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    Its a $5m epic fail in the making
  3. ruzveh

    ruzveh Banned Posts: 124

    Why not wait for the chrome OS to come in? Even i am not happy with Windows anymore. Still using my WinXP OS. MS however have made a mess of their own OS to give a different appeal. It is also very poor in hardware implementation like it applies a lot of restrictions & compatibility base on hw. It is also very expensive to own being one of the core thing in a PC. They should realize that not all Indians here are rich or have the purchasing power to buy them unlike US or other developed nations. I hope someone takes a not of this and comes out with the best alternatives and at very affordable price. Hope google does it some day with ability to run all the Win apps on them :)
  4. n00bzZy

    n00bzZy TS Member Posts: 37

    Just because the Russian government wants to develop an OS, doesn't mean people will actually use it...
  5. Russia never runs out of crysis in one way or another, who needs it on the PC? :)

    This whole idea in itself is screaming trouble, and with a 5-minute cool down perdiod :)
  6. medguydan

    medguydan TS Rookie

    If the russian government would just round up all the spammers/scripters that routinely email ways to "grow your member" and make them work on it, they could have this done within a year. And the idea that 5 million is gonna get this job done securely is supremely laughable.
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,680   +880

    Right, but what about the decompiler?
  8. HaMsTeYr

    HaMsTeYr TS Maniac Posts: 388

    hmmm... While its true that when it comes to security, Windows probably gets the most hits, Its going to be pretty hard to top what windows has... Good luck and god speed i suppose.
  9. Recipe7

    Recipe7 TS Enthusiast Posts: 142

    They probably feel that the US will be using windows to spy on them and pry top secret documents from their government computers. Sounds realistic actually, haha.
  10. highlander84

    highlander84 TS Member Posts: 98   +20

    I think creating it would be easy. Any ***** with some Linux knowledge can create a very secure platform. Teaching everyone to use it will be the problem. Most of that money should be pushed into teaching, not creating.
  11. uttaradhaka

    uttaradhaka TS Rookie Posts: 53

    Wow, windows is so dominant!! Its monopoly is such that even the Russians have had to rely on it. Even though the cold war is over, you just know that there's still bad blood between these two 'comrades'. :)
     
  12. grimm808

    grimm808 TS Rookie Posts: 30

    In soviet Russia. Crysis runs you~!
  13. Decimae

    Decimae TS Rookie Posts: 79

    The comments thread seems to get really full of spam:
    "In soviet Russia. Crysis runs you~! "
    "Its a $5m epic fail in the making "
    "Just because the Russian government wants to develop an OS, doesn't mean people will actually use it... "
    And these were just the obvious ones. Even though I am part of it, this contest really devalues the comments thread.

    Anyway, back on topic. I think of this as a good iniative; using OSS is a good stimulation for OSS. They may even make good upstream changes.
  14. sMILEY4ever

    sMILEY4ever TS Enthusiast Posts: 156

    €3.55 million ? lol. There are lots of distros to choose from. €3.55 million for improving and adapting one is a lot.
  15. Razerblade

    Razerblade TS Rookie Posts: 117

    If they get the right developers on this project then this could be good. Problem is getting the operating system up and running without bugs and completely secure could take a long time. Windows 8 will probably be out before this!
  16. Lol... you guys just don't know russian government. I am russian, and trust me, this $5m won't be spent on developing something like OS. The money will be stolen by russian government! That is the idea. The government doesn't need the OS. But the government does need the money.
  17. limpangel

    limpangel TS Member Posts: 65

    Didn't Cuba decided to replace Windows with a Linux distro about a year ago? Now Russia?

    Quote from cnet.com:
  18. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    Haha Russia's still in the "Die Capitalist!" phase?
  19. jetkami

    jetkami TS Rookie Posts: 99

    Wait...they have'nt found a way to copy our stealth planes yet so they want to piss us off by ditching M$. Im going to search my house for anything made in Russia and toss it out! Humm....not the Tv, nor the stereo, no not my computer, phone, headsets...not even my Jose Cuervo.
  20. akannitaoheed

    akannitaoheed TS Rookie Posts: 99

    Am really looking forward to what it would look like, open source or not. Or even if it would be sold out commercially.

    It's definitely going to be a fresh look from another end of the world with entirely new concepts.
  21. The Russians are going to give way to Skynet, and eventually terminators, and smart machines will self replicate, and take over the human race.........
  22. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Maniac Posts: 431   +8

    In theory this sounds like a great idea, but I get the feeling that it just won't be as easy or as effective as they'll like it to be. On one hand, if they're developing it specifically for JUST the government branches to use, then I'd assume they'll have to focus on certain features and functionalities because unlike most OS's, they don't have to cater to the masses. On the other hand, there will be development time, bugs, glitches, security, compatibility, politics, money, etc. The list GOES ON. Oh and the budget looks ridiculous.

    I'll tell you what, my company uses a website that is specifically catered to less than 20 people to use. Developed by a team of 3-5 people. We've been using it for years and it STILL can use TONS of work and I'll tell you right now we're not all happy with it.

    But this is Russia and they DO have talent for working on software just as well as anyone else in the world. Still think it's a bad idea though. And all of this reminds me of the time that DELL's founder got up at The World Economic Forum and asked then President Putin "How can we help" you with your country's IT infrastructure?" and Putin replied "We don't need your help. We are not invalids. We don't have limited mental capacity." Muwahahah! Eat it Michael Dell!
  23. pyari

    pyari TS Rookie Posts: 66

    if they failed to do that then "google os" I'm thinking about M$ do they use windows OS on their servers.....
  24. xcelofjkl

    xcelofjkl TS Rookie Posts: 86

    Beware the KGB.
  25. All those quoting the cost of $5million usd - and claiming that Russia cannot possibly build an OS for this price; agreed that here in the UK that would just about cover a government website but we must remember that in the US and UK $5million usd does not go far/buy alot. However in Russia that is a lot of money.

    From http://www.worldsalaries.org/

    United Kingdom Computer Programmer median salary PPP $ 2,996 $ 3,476 Employees, programmers in all industries, 2005. 2,688 pounds 29% 37.0

    United States Computer Programmer average salary PPP $ 4,141 $ 4,141 Full-time and part-time employees, 2005. 5,378 dollars 23% 39.4

    Russia Airline Pilot average salary PPP $ 2,161 $ 864 Employees, men only, 2004. 27,769 roubles 13% 36.2

    * Note i could not find a salary for Russian computer programmer - so i took the highest avg earner of pilot.

    Bottom line - if Russia has the drive - it most certainly has the talent and the incredibly resources in manpower available to achieve its goal


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