South Korea is considering the replacement of the old and dying Windows XP with a free Linux alternative, namely Ubuntu.
The official support for Windows XP ends on April 8, 2014, and many cities relying on the aging operating system are now facing a serious issue. Most of the security is provided through Microsoft products, and now they face a choice of upgrading, spending a lot of money, or switching to an Linux based operating system.
According to businesskorea.co.kr, the South Korean authorities are discussing whether to replace Windows XP with Ubuntu when the time comes.
“According to an industry source on December 15, there is a heated discussion about replacing Windows XP with an alternative OS in IT communities at home and abroad, since the market for PC operating systems (OS) has been divided into largely MS windows and Mac OS, without any other significant operating systems. But the issue of a third option has now become a reality, as Windows XP is going to be retired,” states the publication.
Replacing Windows XP with Ubuntu might be a very difficult task, because the two systems are not at all similar. People would need to readjust to a new way of doing things on their OS and authorities might have to invest in training rather than buying Windows licenses.
One notable example of successful migration to free Open Source Software is Munich, which has implemented a range of Linux based open source software products over the past decade, thereby saving significant sums of money.