St. Petersburg deputy urges officials to abandon the Windows operating system

Vitaly Milonov, a deputy in the legislative assembly of St. Petersburg, says he found a way to reduce government spending. He is urging officials to stop using the Windows operating system, which he considers too expensive.

St. Petersburg deputy urges officials to abandon the Windows operating system

Source: Reuters

Vitaly Milonov, a deputy in the legislative assembly of St. Petersburg, says he found a way to reduce government spending. He is urging officials to stop using the Windows operating system, which he considers too expensive.

"It costs 4,700 rubles ($150). Given the number of computers, I am not happy with this cost," the deputy told Interfax. In addition, Milonov is concerned with the security of user data. According to him, the testimony of Edward Snowden proved that Windows is not secure enough, which could be taken advantage of by interested foreigners.

Instead of Windows, the deputy proposes people switch to a Russian operating system, which, in his opinion, should have been developed long ago in Skolkovo [a Russian innovation center being built near Moscow].

"I would love to install it in my reception room where I've got 12 computers. And if all of the deputies and employees of the municipalities would install it, then millions of Euros could be saved," he added.

Recall that Mr. Milonov already proposed some interesting legislation. Last fall he raised the issue of establishing administrative liability for knocking, moving furniture, loud snoring, cats jumping around, and moving refrigerators (they are not considered furniture) at night, because these actions may disturb the neighbors.

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