Russian government decides to develop Windows alternative

By Emil · 61 replies
Oct 27, 2010
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  1. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,017   +2,546

    I don't think it's doomed to failure. I think it's comical. I've lived through the entire cold war, and unless you've seen the Russian copy of the XB-70 "Valkyrie" bomber, you probably wouldn't get the joke.

    Russian engineering has always lacked a certain amount of subtlety. Most of their approach is brute force. The Mig 25, "Foxbat" is a prime example of this, especially when compared to the SR-71. Both of these aircraft are claimed to be Mach 3 planes. The Foxbat however will do it for about 10 minutes, before the engines are totally destroyed.

    OK, so that's apples to oranges.

    Reinforcing your viewpoint, don't the Russians write some of the best malware around? That said, it's a long way from a spambot, to Windows 7. I suppose we'll see.

    A final note, while there is a huge disparity between 5 million, and M$ claimed development estimate on each Windows issue, one wonders how much of that is waste.

    I still think they'll be decompiling other OSes, to bring their project in at that figure.
  2. grvalderrama

    grvalderrama TS Enthusiast Posts: 194

    Hmm, it's said that vodka can kill any virus xD. Poor russians, they've always wanted to exceed US technology. I hope they get thier own OS.
  3. Uvindu

    Uvindu TS Booster Posts: 120

    What is it that they have that they want to keep secret. If I think that there are security vulnerabilities, then I would probably install puppy linux and tell no one, so no one will hack my computer. On a more serious note, that is alot of money they are spending to try and secure their internal information. I can already see complications waiting to happen. They will also have to retrain everyone that uses a computer to learn using a linux user interface. The less technical would have a hard time re-learning.

    Good Luck Russia! :>
  4. Afenix

    Afenix TS Member Posts: 55

    Well I really love my Windows 7 , and windows 8 is coming in about 2 years. Russians have a lot to do :)
  5. jazboy

    jazboy TS Rookie Posts: 112

    I believe its good for Russia but $5 Million is nothing in front of what microsoft, Red Hat put on OS development.
  6. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    Sorry I'll try to make my comments more meaningful and enlightening next time
  7. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,667   +1,101

    This is just one of those plans that will fail miserably. Using ONLY 5 mil is not going to produce you any gov ready OS.
  8. miska_man

    miska_man TS Member Posts: 49

    This just goes to show that Microsoft was grown so big that even if a successful industrial COUNTRY tries to make an OS to replace Windows, people are skeptical. Good thing Google is just as big so it can keep Microsoft in check.

    Oh, and gotta throw this in:
    "In Soviet Russia, Crysis plays you!"
  9. akannitaoheed

    akannitaoheed TS Rookie Posts: 79

    China beat USA with a super computer with over 14000 processors and over 7000 graphics card. Anyonse can do even more than that. I dont consider an O/S development to be unachievable.
  10. AbsolutGaloot

    AbsolutGaloot TS Rookie Posts: 92

    They must be doing this to get geared up to compete with china's shiny new supercomputer.
  11. AnonymousSurfer

    AnonymousSurfer TS Guru Posts: 452   +40

    Agreed. They are just mad because America is so D*** Awesome!
  12. akannitaoheed

    akannitaoheed TS Rookie Posts: 79

    I dont know why some people are being so pessimistic about Russia being able to come up with somehing good, unless maybe they think that microsoft has hijacked all the good programmers in the world to themselves. It's all about taking the right approach, do extensive research, gather the best programmers they can lay their hands on, strictly "NO POLITICS", and stay focussed.

    Even if they fail now, they will have learnt a lot and a second attempt could turn in a success. I dont believe no one cant be better than microsoft.

    Am only more interested in seeing alternatives, and I still give some thumbs up to WINDOWS XP. Bet would still be in use for decades to come even when vista and 7 could have been dropped by most users.

    As of now windows xp still powers about 75% of businesses in North Americe while 7 powers only 10% after one year of release.

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