has developed Pardus Linux (based on latest stable release of the kernel) <-- thanks to gorinw13
for the tip!
- The Philippines
has developed Bayanihan Linux (based on Debian GNU/Linux) <-- thanks to Paul Keith
for the tip!
has developed Red Flag Linux (based on Fedora)
is developing Nova (based on Sabayon Linux)
has developed Litrix Linux (based on Gentoo Linux)
is developing ALT Linux (based on the free GNU/Linux code)
As is often the case, the key advantage that would flow from the creation of such a "national OS" is the control that it would give governments -- something it doesn't have with Windows, say, or even generalized free software produced elsewhere. The move is designed to reduce a country's need to rely on foreign software and licensing agreements. And the open code solution for Russia, a Linux/GNU derivative, will give it a greater degree of customization, as well as increased control over how the potentially free OS is used and accessed.
This all seems like a huge development, especially if these governments fund open source software (FOSS) at the school and government level as is done in Brazil.
Here's the mascot for Russia's national OS? A penguin bear!
(Is he about to drown himself?)