Russia plans to create its own national operating system (OS), said Ilya Massukh, Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Mass Communications of Russia, as reported by newspaper Vedomosti. The OS is going to be Linux-based. The working prototype of the OS shall be available by the end of 2011. The newspaper mentioned Russian software vendors ALT Linux and ASPLinux among potential developers of the Russian national OS.
According to recent news, Russian-backed firm NGI acquired a stake in French software vendorr Mandriva, which develops Linux-based open-source operating system. According to other news, state corporation Russian Technologies agreed to acquire a blocking minority stake in ALT Linux.