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S. Korean government will move to Linux from Windows

The South Korean government finds Microsoft Windows too expensive to support.

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South Korea's Ministry of the Interior and Safety will switch the operating system of its computers to Linux according to local reports.

The decision stems to move computers from Windows to Linux on the basis of cost and reducing reliance on a single operating system and Microsoft’s free technical support for Windows 7 expires in January 2020. The Interior Ministry said the ministry will be test-running Linux on its PCs, and if no compatibility or security issues arise, Linux systems will be introduced more widely within the government across different departments.

The actual transition and purchase of new PCs to support linux will cost the government about 780 billion won ($655 million) but the ministry’s digital service bureau chief Choi Jang-hyuk is optimistic said the ministry expects cost reductions through the introduction of the open-source OS.

It will be interesting to see if other governments make the switch.