Visa fullständig version : Russian schools abandon Windows?

2007-02-06, 14:05
From CNews, February 05, 2007 (http://eng.cnews.ru/news/top/indexEn.shtml?2007/02/05/234178):

Schools in the Perm region will soon quit buying software from commercial companies, said the region’s Education Minister Nikolay Karpushin. The announcement was made in line with the report on ensuring “license purity” in the region’s schools.

According to Nikolay Karpushin schools would start using freely distributed software like the Linux OS, Russky office and Open office desktop apps, Ekho Moskvi reports. “Buying business and commercial programmes from producers is quite expensive”, the Minister said.

Since Windows Vista saw light recently the schools would have to start using Linux for financial reasons, thinks Mr. Zaplatinsky. The teacher couldn’t say if it is good or bad that pupils use only Windows because this depends on their future activity.

Nikolay Karpushin’s statement on the software license control in the region’s schools coincided with a scandalous court case against a Sepich school principal. The Prosecutor’s Office of the Vereshagino district has initiated a criminal case of copyright infringement against a school principal, Alexander Ponosov. The man is accused of illegal use of Microsoft products which resulted in a 260 thousand rubles ($9,8 thousand) damage for the company. The article 146 of the Russian Criminal Code provides five years' imprisonment for piracy.

The case against Ponosov has appearantly been going on for some time, even as he merely bought computers with unlicensed copies of Microsoft Windows already installed on them. Russian president Vladimir Putin has voiced his concerns that the priorities of the prosecution are wrong, and former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev has asked Microsoft to withdraw its case against Ponosov (http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/02/05/gorbachev.gates.reut/index.html?eref=rss_topstories).

Perm sounds like an appropriate location for using software that you are permitted to copy. :)

2007-02-06, 22:05
TBH, I dont see why any school would want to pay the extortionate licence fees that these companies want when there is perfectly good FOSS programs around...

As far as this particular case is concerned, M$ have rebuffed it.. more at The New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/06/technology/06pirate.html?_r=2&ref=technology&oref=slogin&oref=slogin)

Microsoft rebuffed a public appeal by Mikhail Gorbachev on Monday for its chairman, Bill Gates, to intervene on behalf of a Russian school principal charged with software piracy.

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia condemned the prosecution last week at his annual news conference.

“To grab someone for buying a computer somewhere and start threatening him with prison is complete nonsense, simply ridiculous,” Mr. Putin said. “The law recognizes the concept of someone who purchased the product in good faith.”