'In May 2019, South Korea's Interior Ministry announced plans to look
into switching to the Linux desktop from Windows. It must have liked
what it saw. According to the Korean news site Newsis, the South
Korean Ministry of Strategy and Planning has announced the government
is exploring moving most of its approximately 3.3 million Windows
computers to Linux. The reason for this is simple. It's to reduce
software licensing costs and the government's reliance on Windows. As
Choi Jang-hyuk, the head of the Ministry of Strategy and Finance,
said, "We will resolve our dependency on a single company while
reducing the budget by introducing an open-source operating system."
How much? South Korean officials said it would cost 780 billion won
(about $655 million) to move government PCs from Windows 7 to Windows
10. [...] Windows will still have a role to play for now on South
Korean government computers. As the Aju Business Daily, a South Korean
business news site, explained: Government officials currently use two
physical, air-gapped PCs. One is external for internet use, and the
other is internal for intranet tasks. Only the external one will use a
Linux-based distro. Eventually, by 2026, most civil servants will use
a single Windows-powered laptop. On that system, Windows will continue
to be used for internal work, while Linux will be used as a virtual
desktop via a Linux-powered cloud server. This looks to eventually end
up as a Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) model.
The report notes that the Ministry of National Defense and National
Police Agency are already using the Ubuntu Linux 18.04 LTS-based
Harmonica OS 3.0.
"Meanwhile, the Korean Postal Service division is moving to TMaxOS,"
reports ZDNet. "The Debian Linux-based South Korean Gooroom Cloud OS
is also being used by Defense and the Ministry of Public
Administration and Security."'
-- source: https://linux.slashdot.org/story/20/02/10/2133246
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