Russian Revolutionary Wants Open Source

By Edward Cone  |  Posted Wednesday, November 03, 2010 18:11 PM

by Tim Moran

If complaining about Outlook or PowerPoint could get you fired, we'd all be unemployed. But beefing about Microsoft did cost Vladimir Sorokin his job.

Sorokin, a computer science teacher in Moscow, took seriously a 2007 Russian government decree that all public schools would make the transition to open-source Linux by next year. With Microsoft Office still needed to run an online student-training program, he complained to President Dmitry Medvedev.

And then, reports The Moscow Times, the "deputy director at School No. 572 in southeastern Moscow who teaches computer science, said by telephone that education officials had pressured him into resigning."

Sorokin said, "The education directorate is giving preference to Microsoft. There has to be freedom of choice." He also likes the way Linux "does not depend on a certain developer and can be freely copied and modified."

After Sorokin filed a couple of complaints with the Kremlin, the director of his school told him flat out the "he was not wanted" and that he had to sign a voluntary-resignation letter and make like a tree and get out of there.

As of right now, we don't know the fate of Sorokin. We do know that messing with the Kremlin typically does not end well. The story notes that calls to everyone concerned were either not returned or the people were unavailable.

We wish Sorokin the best, and we can't wait to see what he does when they make him get rid of Google and start using Bing.