South Korea Government prefer Linux to Windows 10

Joanna Estrada
May 21, 2019

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With Microsoft informing users that it would end free technical support for Windows 7 operating system next year, South Korean government has chose to switch from Windows 7 to open source operating system Linux.

The Herald quotes the Interior Ministry as indicating that the transition to Linux, and the purchase of new PCs, would cost about 780 billion won ($655 million), but also anticipates long-term cost reductions with the adoption of Linux. He also argued that the government hopes to reduce their current reliance on a single OS.

The ministry would first test-run Linux on its PCs and if no security issues arise, Linux systems will be introduced more widely within the government.

SOUTH KOREA has become the latest country to look at "deWindowsifying" as it sets out plans to migrate government systems to Linux.

Globally, few organizations have completed their migrations.

January 14, 2020, is when Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7, meaning those who don't upgrade to a newer version will stop receiving security updates from Microsoft. "I have not seen or heard any indications for such a move". Windows licenses aren't exactly cheap, especially when you consider hundreds if not thousands of systems running it. This price rises to $50 per device for year two and $100 for year three. Other details about the switch are scarce-we don't know what Linux distributions South Korea will be testing, on what timeline it expects to make the change, or what it plans to do if the tests show that switching to Linux would be prohibitively hard. In fact, this decision to embrace Linux is living proof that with the Windows 7 end-of-support approaching, not everyone would be switching to Windows 10, but stepping closer to a non-Windows world too.

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