Tired of dealing with the legal hassles with Microsoft, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has ordered that all government agencies will be running on open-source software by 2015. Russia has a rocky relationship at times with Microsoft, and started this whole process by first proclaiming that schools will run only open-source software, and now proclaiming that the government would follow suit.
The Russian government will start a pilot program to ease the transition to open-source software during the second quarter of 2012, with the goal of having everyone running Linux by 2015. In the past there’s been political resistance to moving to open-source software. Given the fact that Prime Minister Putin has decreed that the government will go to Linux, that political resistance is no longer a factor.