There are over 3,000 Linux OS versions…which one will the Chinese central government try to use? Since Linux is the least secure operating system around I suspect the CIA is drooling over this news.
It has happened in other regions before and it’s happening again in China: the government has ordered the dumping of Windows in favor of Linux, among other things.
As such, China is set to replace almost 50 million PCs in central government agencies alone. It is important to note that this process will obviously not be completed in one fell swoop but is intended to be carried out in a staggered manner over a period of two years, according to unnamed sources familiar with the matter.
German State of Schleswig-Holstein tried that last year, so the results are not in on that experiment.
Munich tried that long before:
The city of Munich wanted to become independent of Microsoft and introduced the Linux operating system in the administration. But now she is considering a return, says Deputy Mayor Josef Schmid. The reason, they say: the many complaints.
Linus Torvalds has spent 20 years trying to explain why Linux “Desktop” OS is not made for the normal Desktop OS users – “One of the problems Desktop” Linux has is it’s not made for “normal people, and by normal people I mean, obviously nontechnical people…”‘ A brief update to that, i.e. to now define ‘Technical people‘ as Developers, Programmers, IT Specialists, Maintainers, etc.
Does China believe that civil servants and government employees (including teachers) are ‘Technical People‘ like Developers, Programmers, IT specialists, Maintainers, etc.?
China has been trying , unsuccessfully, to cut its reliance on foreign technologies for a couple of decades now. But, according to the Financial Times, China’s Communist Party issued an order for all government offices and public institutions to dump foreign PCs and programs within three years back in late 2019.
It looks like the government agencies are not on track to meet this requirement by late 2022, which is why the central government is now issuing another order that essentially prolongs the switching period to mid-2024.
As the old quote goes – ‘Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.‘
LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!