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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RE[2]: Congrats on FidelOS 0.1 :P
by angelochoa on Thu 12th Feb 2009 08:29 UTC in reply to "RE: Congrats on FidelOS 0.1 :P"
angelochoa
Member since:
2006-11-20

You people don't have any idea of what means to live in Cuba, free software or not. Most Cubans don't have the RIGHT ( not the possibility ) to use internet ( or many other things ). The government is not doing this because they believe in freedom ( they don't , any kind ), they are doing it because they are afraid of getting into trouble because of their use of pirated software at all levels.

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averycfay Member since:
2005-08-29

They're afraid of getting in trouble?

What would they be afraid of? A U.S. trade embargo? Oh wait...

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angelochoa Member since:
2006-11-20

Yes they are, because many companies has relations with Cuba ( or with cubans institutions ) even with
the embargo. Also they don't buy anything that can get for free no matter what, that's why there
is so many pirated software there. In the past ( I imagine that today too ) the ministery of
internal affairs had a department dedicated to that ( called MC ). The embargo has hit them
but don't believe in all that you heard, for example, the US is Cuba's 1st food provider.

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spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23

You people don't have any idea of what means to live in Cuba, free software or not. Most Cubans don't have the RIGHT ( not the possibility ) to use internet ( or many other things ). The government is not doing this because they believe in freedom ( they don't , any kind ), they are doing it because they are afraid of getting into trouble because of their use of pirated software at all levels.

You have also probably already listened to pirated music from Cuba.
http://www.lawdit.co.uk/reading_room/room/view_article.asp?name=../...
The embargo still stands in the US (not in the UK).
Yes, it goes both ways.

Edited 2009-02-12 10:51 UTC

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vitae Member since:
2006-02-20

[q]You people don't have any idea of what means to live in Cuba, free software or not. Most Cubans don't have the RIGHT ( not the possibility ) to use internet ( or many other things ). The government is not doing this because they believe in freedom ( they don't , any kind ), they are doing it because they are afraid of getting into trouble because of their use of pirated software at all levels.



Or Because the Russians told them it would be a good thing to do. That would be reason enough for them.

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