Russia’s Communications Minister, Nikolai Nikiforov has hold meeting with the representatives of Finland company’s Jolla as well as other representatives from Russia’s IT-industry. The purpose for the meeting is to discuss the development of an independent Russian mobile operating system (OS) in order to solve the issue of the leakage of user’s personal data by current major operating systems as claimed by Edward Snowden.
About a year ago, the head of Ministry of Communications has approached the regional director of Apple in Russia, Peter Nielsen and SAP’s CEO, Vyacheslav Orekhov, and requested the two companies to release their product’s source code. The representatives of Apple and SAP declined to comment on this request.
Jolla is a technology company which is built by former Nokia employees and has created Sailfish OS, a Linux-based operating system. The ownership of Jolla includes both Russian and China shareholder. Apart from Russian and China, it seems like there are a few other countries which will join the project, including Brazil, India and South Africa.
Currently, there are about 95 percent of the phones in Russia are running on Android OS or iOS. By the release of the independent OS, hopefully the number will drop to 50 percent by 2025. Apparently, this is not the first time that Russia attempted to create its own operating system. In late 2011, Ministry of Communications has approved the prototype of Russian Windows which is planned to be used by officials and civil servants.