And the government is showing no signs of slowing down from blacklisting computing technology from American companies. Microsoft software, of course, included.

Idiosyncratic times, dead ahead.

This is not the first time we are hearing about Russia putting into motion plans to develop its own software industry, but country officials are now fully prepared to move away from foreign products in order to invest more into local companies in the country.

A local newspaper cites communications and mass media minister Nikolai Nikiforov as saying that Russia is concentrating on attaining complete sovereignty of information.

Plans are underway to create an entire industry of software that can replace imported pieces of code, which means that large technology companies like Microsoft and Oracle are destined to be affected. In no small capacity, at that.

While moving away from a platform (such as Windows here) is possible, it is something that takes years and years of efforts. And a dedicated army of skilled programmers and IT workers.

The problem with Russia, then?

Local IT education is not as developed in the country as required, so Russia is ready to look overseas and might hire programmers from other countries to put into action this strategy of moving away from US based software. All said and done, this process will take around 10 years, officials believe.

Paradoxical times, dead ahead, too.

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  • Ray C

    This is going to go really bad for them

    • Mike Greenway

      Mom used to say, “To a simple mind, its a simple matter.” we’ll just whip up a new OS and all new programs and they be perfect the first time. easy, peasy.

      • Rodney Longoria

        Garbage Putin, garbage putout! 😉

        • Mike Greenway

          I still smiling at that one Rod.

  • Mike Greenway

    I think they are going to finish the invasion first, that could take longer then they think.

    • Rodney Longoria

      In reality, I think an invasion would be way too costly for Russia long term. But enough about politics in a tech forum.

  • Rodney Longoria

    I hope they follow through, along with China. After all, neither is paying Microsoft crap for using it (piracy being rampant in both cases). So really, MS is not losing much in revenue. Also, let the bastards suffer the consequences in the meantime. Heh!

    • Claire R

      Agree whole-heartedly. At this point, my only reaction is, “who needs them?” I think that says it all.

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  • Guest

    die russia

  • Tiki

    die russia

  • iMowLawns4Cheap

    Stupid, Putin is acting like a little child

  • jasnils

    Will this ever happen?

    I enthusiastically attended the launch of Linux 2000 in Beijing. It was the Chinese attempt to loosen its attachment to Redmond and Windows. It was originally based on Red Flag Linux, but the latest release show Fedora as base system.

    I visited Red Flag Software, the key distributor and government owned (partly). Can’t say I know they’ve had any success, and to my knowledge the company was closed/sold in February this year. Now privately owned?

    Any successful Linux distro in China would push usage stats through the roof, and definitely not leave Linux as an non-significant (user wise, yes yes servers…and Android) blip.

    Now they are at it again. China “will” launch in October! Russia too? Or will they offer an entirely new OS? BeUSSR or HaikUSSR?

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