UK and Russian governments embrace Linux

IBM has announced that it is working with the UK and Russia on Linux projects that will further establish Linux in the public sector.

In two separate deals, IBM has announced that it is working with the UK and Russia on Linux projects that will further establish the Linux operating system in the public sector.

The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) in the UK has announced that national and local government agencies can make the move to Linux, the free Unix-type operating system originally created by Linus Torvalds.

The OGC said agencies can adopt an open computing model in order to cut costs and increase efficiencies instead of being locked into a single, proprietary ‘monoculture’ environment.

IBM is working closely with the UK government on nine projects to help develop IT solutions that include IBM hardware, software and services solutions running on Linux.

In a separate announcement IBM said it was working with the Russian government to establish a Linux Competency Center in Moscow. The new centre, sponsored by IBM, the Russian government and Russian universities, will provide a hands-on environment to encourage application and solution development, offer support, consulting, education and provide Linux product and solution certification.

The moves by the UK and Russian governments are said to be the latest in a long line of decisions by agencies around the world that are looking to Linux, open standards to help cut costs and increase reliability across diverse IT environments.

In June the German government signed a contract with IBM to move its federal, state, and local agencies to Linux. Under the strategic agreement, IBM will help the government develop IT solutions, including key IBM hardware, software and services solutions.

According to IBM Worldwide, more than 175 governments are now engaged in Linux projects because it offers advantages over proprietary software, including, reduced cost of infrastructure, improved control over applications and data and improved security and access.