This news seems old, but it is not. Or not in its entirety. Months ago, South Korea advanced its plans to abandon Windows. Later, other countriesLike Russia and China, they agreed and promised to do the same. In all three cases, the chosen destination would be Linux and the time to start the journey seems to have already arrived, at least in the case of Koreans. And reasons are not lacking.
For starters, Windows 7, a system used by many teams in South Korea, stopped receiving support on January 14. Koreans want to avoid having to upgrade to Windows 10, which would save them a lot of money on licenses, and depend less on an American company as is Microsoft. It is true that this information is the official version and that there could be other reasons that they do not tell us, although we can imagine them.
South Korea will complete its move to Linux in 2026
It seems like, South Korea wants its full migration to Linux to take place in 2026. , year in which Linux should move all the computers in the country that are used to access the Internet. If at that time there is still a device that uses Windows, it must be done in isolation, without connecting to the internet and local networks.
The operating system that they are going to start using is TMaxOS, a South Korean distribution developed by the company TmaxSoft. This will give the government more control, since the base of its software will be developed in the same country. On the other hand, much of the software available in Linux is open source, so they can take the code and modify it to use it as they see fit.
By Microsoft, losing customers will always be bad news, but it was something they could expect by abandoning the support of an operating system such as Windows 7. In any case, Satya Nadella and hers are talking to the South Korean government, so the step from Windows 7 to Linux could be postponed or even frozen. We will see how it all ends.