South Korea’s Government Aims to Drop Windows in Favor of Linux

Government officials often rely on Microsoft Windows as their computer operating system. That situation will change significantly in South Korea.

It is interesting to see different governments handle their computer-based needs.

South Korea Goes the Linux Route

In South Korea, Microsoft Windows will be removed from government computers fairly soon.

Instead, the operating system will be Linux, albeit it is unclear which distribution will be used.

A total of 3.3. million devices will be upgraded by year’s end.

The main objective of this switch is to handle the lack of support for Windows 7.

Rather than paying a hefty fee for licenses to upgrade, switching to Linux makes a lot more sense.

This also aids the government in reducing its dependency on a single company.

The migration of computers will have a price tag of roughly $655 million.

This is not because Linux distributions require a fee, as most do not.

However, new computers need to be bought, there is a transition cost, and the implementation by IT personnel carries its own costs. 

During an initial test, just a handful of machines will be upgraded.

This is done to ensure there are no compatibility and security issues later on.

It is possible that the new OS will be TMaxOS, a Korean-based implementation including Chromium, ToGate, and unique desktop interface support.

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