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Russia Government Chooses GNU/Linux with Chips

ComputerWorldUK - Glyn Moody - Russia's government has been flirting with the idea of switching to open source for some time, but often that's been just another example of waving the threat around to encourage Microsoft to offer more favourable licensing terms for using its software, as has happened frequently in the UK. However, a new move by the Russian authorities might finally see them making the switch:

Russia’s Industry and Trade Ministry plans to replace US microchips Intel and AMD, used in government’s computers, with domestically-produced micro processor Baikal in a project worth dozens of millions of dollars, business daily Kommersant reported Thursday.

It's not hard to guess why Russia wants to shift away from Intel and AMD chips: in the light of Snowden's revelations, there has to be a strong presumption that most of the advanced technology exported from the US has backdoors that allow the NSA to spy on users around the world. Hardware is especially problematic, since it can't simply be hacked to remove the dodgy bits. Interestingly, Russia is opting to use the ARM processor: