Linked by weildish on Thu 12th Feb 2009 04:43 UTC
Linux Cuba recently launched its own answer to Windows this week, or, in the bigger picture, what the Cubans are calling "US Hegemony." Nova, the new open source OS being offered by the Cuban government, is being made to boot out US-based Microsoft products.
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Sovereignty - what does it mean?
by lemur2 on Thu 12th Feb 2009 08:25 UTC
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Sovereignty is the exclusive right to control a government, a country, a people, or oneself. A Sovereign is the supreme lawmaking authority.

An important attribute of sovereignty is its degree of absoluteness. A sovereign power (whether an individual or an assembly such as a parliament) has absolute sovereignty if it has the unlimited right to control everything and every kind of activity in its territory.

Seems like a pretty reasonable working definition to me.

Clearly, in running Windows a government cannot really claim it has sovereignty over its own data. Much of its data will be locked away in obscure proprietary formats ...

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