South Korea’s government migrates from Windows 7 to Linux

[German]The government in South Korea prefers Linux to Windows 10. That’s the message of the weekend. Instead upgrading from Windows 7 machines to Windows 10, the government decides to migrate it’s clients to Linux.


On January 14, 2020, the support of Windows 7 will end for most customers. I’ve mentioned this date several times on this blog. For corporate customers there is a Extended Security Update Program, which ensures support and updates until 2023, but at a additional fee, see Wow! Windows 7 get extended support until January 2023). But this program is quite expensive. So many companies (and also private users) have to change somehow.

Windows 7 support end, move to Linux

The end of support for Windows 7 initiated South Korean’s government to migrate to Linux and not to Microsoft’s newer operating systems Windows 8, 8.1 or Windows 10. The Ministry of the Interior and Security announced this move last Thursday, according to this article in The Korea Herald. The transition to Linux OS and the purchase of new PCs are expected to cost the government about 780 billion won (655 million dollars), the Ministry announced.

Tests will run, before broader deployment

Prior to the government-wide introduction, the Ministry of the Interior wants to test whether the system can be operated on private networked devices without security risks. It is also a question of determining whether compatibility can be achieved with existing websites.

The head of the ministry’s digital service office, Choi Jang-hyuk, said the ministry expects cost reductions through the introduction of the open source operating system and also hopes that there will be no dependence on a single operating system. (via)


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1 Response to South Korea’s government migrates from Windows 7 to Linux

  1. Rene Derks says:

    That’s not entirely true. They never said “We will migrate from Windows to Linux!”
    They’re considering it, but they also announced that there will be tests of multiple different distributions before an overall decision is made.
    The title of your blog suggests that they’ve already decided, which they have not.

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