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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Thom_Holwerda
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2005-06-29

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 ...


Yeah, that's clearly Cuba's biggest problem.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

"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 ...


Yeah, that's clearly Cuba's biggest problem.
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Roll my eyes. Sigh. You are getting almost as tiresome as you are foolish, Thom.

(a) What does it cost Cuba (government) to use open source software? What risks would it involve?

(b) What does it cost them to use Windows? What risks would it involve?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sovereignty#External_sovereignty

Clear winner for the first option, from the Cuban government point of view.

Edited 2009-02-12 09:06 UTC

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Clear winner for the first option, from the Cuban government point of view.


Let me put it this way.

When a man is dying of incurable cancer, would you organise a party with balloons and pinatas when the doctor tells you he cured that man's ingrown toenail?

Cuba is a totalitarian dictatorship. I find it kind of sad that people apparently find it okay that the Cuban government cares more about possible backdoors in software than it does about the well-being of its own people.

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