Russia joins China in its decision to eliminate Windows from its military computers, only they will bet on Linux.
Just a couple of days ago we learned that the Chinese government had decided to remove Windows from all its military computers, this for fear of a alleged attack or espionage tasks by the United States. Along with this announcement they also confirmed that they would push the development of a customized and exclusive operating system for their military operations, which means that they will not use Linux as anticipated.
Today is the turn of Russia, who in a movement similar to that of China will also stop using Microsoft’s operating system on their military computers for national security reasons, this was stated by ZDNet citing local Russian sources.
Astra Linux is the chosen one
For several years, the russian army has used a modified version of windows for its operations, which has the approval of the FSB, Russia’s main intelligence agency. Now, the Russian authorities are about to implement a plan to replace Windows with Astra Linux.
During the month of April, the Russian Federal Service for Technical and Export Control (FSTEC) certified Astra Linux with the degree of “special importance”, the highest level of security within its military operations, which opened the door for this operating system to become the standard within the military.
Astra Linux is a Debian derivative developed by the Russian company RusBITech since 2008, which was created for use within the Russian private market. Soon after, the company began to implement it within some government offices where it even became part of some military departments.
At that time, Astra Linux was only certified to operate “secret” and “top secret” information, which caused it to be used in the Russian National Defense Control Center and other government and military bodies, but not yet. was authorized to handle information with the highest degree of confidentiality.
In January 2018, the Russian Defense Ministry announced early plans to transfer Russian military systems from Windows to Astra Linux, so they asked RusBITech to make some adjustments and send their operation to a new certification process.
Russia’s fear is that Windows, being a closed source operating system developed by an American company, could have back doors that could be used by the Trump administration to spy on Russian operations.
This is how on April 17 RusBITech received the certification of “special importance” as well as the approval of the FSB and the Ministry of Defense, which made them finally announce that Astra Linux will be the only operating system for government and military operations after replacing Windows.
It is estimated that the changes will begin in the next few days, which should be ready before the end of 2019.