Originally Posted by Drakeo
I think just may be you might want to learn what linux is all about those commands you did as root can only be done as root or the owner of the script. Windows exe.missiles let it say in the registry till the admin logs in and then Kaboom.
Well, actually no. Whereas in Linux the missile targeting system is a kernel function (try `modprobe armageddon`), in Windows it is a third party application. That means that whenever there is a mistake, a subcontractor can be sued. In Linux, every member of the weapons_control group can misconfigure /etc/nuke.conf and no-one can be sued.
With that cleared up
, back to the OP. Lots of European countries have the policy that new software projects need to consider an Open Source (so not necessarily Linux) alternative. In the Netherlands it has the form of a 'yes, unless...' format, meaning they have to take the Open Source solution, unless the proprietary solution has an advantage. You can make of this what you want of course and it's easy to dodge such a policy, but it's a start.
It's not so much Linux that the governments need to consider, but the Open Source nature of the solution. Cuz governments tend to run a lot of custom software, expensive to develop and not always as portable as one might like.