Edit – please look at the P.P.S. below for clarifications before commenting same thing over and over again*
Even after living in Brazil for 15 years now, I am closely following up the stories about Linux and Open-Source success in Russia. This is why I could not resist sharing those pictures which were available at AltLinux stand at FISL (International Free Software Forum):
For those of you who don’t know, Dmitry Medvedev – the President of Russian Federation – is also well-known for his interest in technology, computers and Internet technologies – and it is great to know that now he is using a Linux distribution as well!
As I always said, I believe that Linux and Open-Source being spread as far as possible only benefits the Free Software communities as the whole – so I can only say ‘Congratulations’ to our colleagues from ALT Linux – which was also based on Mandrake Linux in its origins. It is a completely independent distribution with its own community now of course.
Here in Brazil, Linux usage is gaining more and more adoption for the past decade, and it is quite common to find Linux-based computers in supermarkets, computer shops, and so on. Of course, they are not that widely available as their Windows counterparts, but still, it is hard to find any computer store which wouldn’t have at least some computers running a Linux-based OS, and it is usually enough to do a web search on any Internet shop to find several compatible models which come with Linux pre-installed. Be it Mandriva, Ubuntu, or any other distribution – they all have the common open-source foundation and all the benefits of free software. And yes, they are ready for desktop and casual users to use!
It is great to know that the Open-Source movement is gaining more and more spread world-wide. I truly believe that it has the power to change the world, and I am really happy to know that it does it.
P.S.: I wasn’t at FISL this year, so all the credit for those pictures go to Bogdano and Bedi from Conectiva who attended the event.
P.P.S.: Per official AltLinux response, those posters do not represent the truth and were done for Marketing purpose only. No, in fact, neither Dmitry Medvedev nor Vladimir Putin use AltLinux. Please talk to AltLinux representative for other comments, I am in no way related to them, nor I know anyone from AltLinux personally.