Russia and China follow in Korea's footsteps and will abandon Windows, Russians in favor of Linux

Linux in Russia and China On May 20 we wrote an article in which we echoed a new nothing surprising: South Korea plans to ditch Windows to use your own version of Linux. It is not surprising if we watch the news, but if we take into account that they would not do it for privacy or to annoy the United States, but for an economic issue. Those who are going to follow in the footsteps of the Asian country by leaving the Microsoft system are two countries close to them: Russia and China. The main difference is that these will do it for security.

North Korea has yet to decide whether to abandon Windows. It will do so if you get all your software to run on Linux without incompatibilities, something they will surely do. Then we have Russia and China: both will stop using Windows for a national security issue and will do so on their military equipment. The operating system that the Russians will use will be called AstraLinux, a derivative of Debian developed by the Russian company RusBITech since 2008.

Astra Linux, the operating system for Russian military equipment

Russia thinks Windows could contain back doors, something that they cannot verify because it is a closed operating system. Ultimately, the Russians believe that if they use Microsoft's operating system, the US intelligence services can spy on them without their realizing it.

As for the Chinese, the decision would have been made due to the technological war that began with the "Huawei Case". The difference with the Russians is that China will not use a Linux-based operating system, but one developed from scratch by themselves. Among the reasons are the leaks of Edward Snowden, who uncovered that both Linux, macOS and Windows are easily hackable by the United States. And, although there are Linux distributions from practically any country, the "father" of its kernel is half American.

Other reasons why China does not want to know anything about the US is that they want to block the mining of Bitcoins, they do not want to give the Americans any advantage in the war of AI (artificial intelligence) and that the CEO of Google denies plans for the Chinese search engine.

The only thing I can say about all this is that I am 100% agree to abandon Windows. I did it more than a decade ago and I am delighted, and that I did not do it for security reasons. Also, Chinese and Russians will have better health if they use less heavy systems than Microsoft's, right?

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  1.   01101001b said

    Without the intention of licking shoes, the truth is that both the Chinese and the Russians are not a laughing matter when they propose something (on YT, for example, you have videos of how the Chinese modify already "discarded" hardware and "reconvert" it, such as notebooks (which are low consumption) to be used on desktop computers; or graphic cards that were used to harvest cryptocurrencies, and that in "theory" were not useful for playing games, running games on Wind * ws).

    Hence, they make their own version of "Linux" (or Android) is just a matter of time.

    It is almost "tragicomic" that the US backfired: they wanted to make themselves look handsome by sneaking Google software from them and the Chinese didn't even budge (because they could make their own) but they did wind them up so that they ended up throwing Wind * ws for the head xD (M $ must be pulling his hair out).

    1.    Baphomet said

      Nobody is "licking shoes" as you say: China has the potential (economic and scientific) to create any OS if they wish, because it would have the support of the state and not a volunteer project like ReactOS that since it was launched is now trying to take off … It is sad for a Latino like me to see that only the Chinese and Europeans have the balls to take off the yoke of the «American standard».

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