Korean government institutions move to adopt Linux

By Derek Sooman on
Korean government institutions are to move their systems towards Linux. Two state-owned financial institutions plan to launch the country's first Linux-based Internet banking in due course. The Ministry of Information and Communication has been encouraging public organizations and institutions such as Korea Post, the Defence Ministry, and the Unification Ministry to adopt Linux.

"The Ministry is fostering open source software such as Linux in order to end the monopoly by Microsoft. Linux system users have demanded the new banking system as well," Korea Post official Oh Kwang-soo said. "We've decided to launch it because we feel responsible as a public organization. We believe that private firms will follow us once our Linux online banking system is proved successful," he added.

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