After the official discontinuation of Windows 7, the South Korean Central and Local Government will completely shift to Linux OS this year. The versions of Linux to be used are Harmonica OS, TMAX OS, and Cloud OS.
On April 4, the plan to introduce a public OS i.e. Linux is announced by the Ministry of Public Administration and Security. The Ministry of National Defense of South Korea is already using the Ubuntu system.
Through the introduction of open OS, we will eliminate the dependencies of certain companies and reduce our budget and we will work closely with the relevant ministries to help the government demand for open OS become an opportunity for relevant domestic companies to participate in the market and invest in technology, helping to expand the private cloud market and create a new software ecosystem.Choi Chang-hyuk, director of the Ministry of Electronic Affairs
The government is also planning of Desktop as a Service (DaaS) to support the Open OS private cloud. DaaS will help to remotely connect to another PC available at the data center. With DaaS, the ministry will saves up to 72% of the purchasing of PC and internet costing.
The main reason behind this switching is the fact that Microsoft asks for an update of windows to the new one every five years and this creates a nuisance for government agencies. The Pilot testing of DaaS will start by October 2020.