Korean govt to turn its back on Microsoft… and use what instead, Hangul?


Usage of idiosyncratic software could push the Korean government away from Microsoft’s offerings and into open-source OSes like Linux


As has been reported widely in Asia, South Korea is using the fact that Windows XP is no longer supported as a reason to walk away from Microsoft completely. While the rationale for this stance makes sense; updating to new versions of the Microsoft software can be expensive and time-consuming, the government should also immediately discontinue its use of Hangul. Hangul is a Korean software package similar to MS Office that is used as the default (and required) file format for most government departments. It is a major frustration for anyone submitting documents to the government, who don’t have the peculiar Korean software installed.

According to a recent government statement (and many in the past), South Korea wants to break from its Microsoft dependency and move to open source software by 2020. The government is reported as saying that they want to ‘invigorate open source software in order to solve the problem of dependency on certain software.’ The government has most recently invested in Windows 7 to replace XP, but it does not want to go through the same process in 2020 when the support of the Windows 7 service is terminated.

Korea has a long way to go. So far it has not even bought in the standard e-document format which is widely seen as stage one.

However it seems that the government hopes to lean on the creation of a “local open source alternative” which basically means designing its own Linux fork.

Also Read: What You May Not Know About Red Hat, Linux & Open Source

Under the plan support will be provided so that it will be possible to freely connect to the Internet with all operating systems and browsers by 2017.

Starting next year the pilot open sources OS project will be carried out for 10 public and private institutions, and the expenses related to employee education and systems will be supported.

By 2018, the government is planning to review whether the introduction of open source software for PCs reduced expenses and institutionalise the result so that the open OS-related private project can be further expanded.

Edited from original post on TechEye

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  • http://www.facebook.com/adacosta Andre Da Costa

    With rumors going around that Microsoft is planning to make Windows 9 a free release for anyone running Windows 7 SP1 or later free, the government in South Korea and any other country that decides to go Open Source will be the only ones using Linux. People are not gonna pass up a free copy of Windows which already works with their existing infrastructure.

  • technopinion

    I’m sure as heck gonna pass up a free copy of Windows. Why? Linux is leaner, faster, cleaner, free, open, private, secure, more fun, more pleasant and the future. The fact that MS is thinking of giving Windows away is a sign that they’re in trouble. And just as with any corporate behavior, when they give you something for free it’s because they have their hands in your pockets while you’re opening the gift. If you want a backdoor for the NSA to snoop, go MS. And the infrastructure is changing. Who’s abandoning Windows? The U.K., China, Russia, S. Korea, N. Korea, and Brazil, so far. The tipping point is coming for MS.