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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Comment by moleskine
by moleskine on Thu 12th Feb 2009 10:24 UTC
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I wonder what it is about Cuba that so fascinates us. It's a small country with an awful political system and a pretty modest GDP. Sudan, say, has a higher GDP than Cuba but "Sudan goes open source" would not make any headlines whereas with Cuba it's news. Is it, I wonder, because Cuba is about the only country left still trying to sell the failed dream of communism whereas Russia, having abandoned that, has nothing left to sell, ideologically anyway. Dunno.

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RE: Comment by moleskine
by Soulbender on Thu 12th Feb 2009 10:34 in reply to "Comment by moleskine"
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2005-08-18

I wonder what it is about Cuba that so fascinates us.


I think it may be because Castro has given the U.S the middle finger right in their face for more than 45 years.
Gotta respect that, if nothing else.

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RE[2]: Comment by moleskine
by vitae on Thu 12th Feb 2009 11:26 in reply to "RE: Comment by moleskine"
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I think it may be because Castro has given the U.S the middle finger right in their face for more than 45 years.
Gotta respect that, if nothing else.


Not really the smartest move considering the effects of the embargo on them. Venezuela can get away with that because they have the oil, but Cuba is just plain screwed.

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RE: Comment by moleskine
by cobbaut on Thu 12th Feb 2009 10:42 in reply to "Comment by moleskine"
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I wonder what it is about Cuba that so fascinates us.

Because Cuba is a lot closer to the US than Sudan.

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RE[2]: Comment by moleskine
by moleskine on Thu 12th Feb 2009 12:44 in reply to "RE: Comment by moleskine"
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2005-11-05

Because Cuba is a lot closer to the US than Sudan.

True, but I didn't mean just the USA, I'd say the same fascination extends to Europe and perhaps to many other places around the world. And I wasn't think only of Cuba's politics, in fact more of their art and culture.

So it will be interesting to see whether Cuba produces just another *nix or something altogether more different and original. One wouldn't expect that from Russia but it might well be the case in Cuba. Necessity does seem to have led the Cubans to come up with clever ideas, such as their urban gardening schemes (for organic food). Maybe, who knows, in five years Ubuntu will have a heady Havana flava ...

Edited 2009-02-12 12:46 UTC

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RE: Comment by moleskine
by Sabon on Thu 12th Feb 2009 15:24 in reply to "Comment by moleskine"
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"I wonder what it is about Cuba that so fascinates us. It's a small country with an awful political system and a pretty modest GDP. Sudan, say, has a higher GDP than Cuba but "Sudan goes open source" would not make any headlines whereas with Cuba it's news."

Sudan is dangerous but it is not taboo like Cuba. Anything that is taboo fascinates us. Do you know why a lot of counties don't need porn? Because they are not repressed sexually so they don't need it. Here in the U.S. sex is taboo (in MOST of the country it really is) which is why there is such heavy demand for pornography. It's the same in Arab states too. At least for the people that are rich and above the law. Poor people get executed for porn.

Anyway, Cuba is Taboo therefore it fascinates us.

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RE[2]: Comment by moleskine
by MamiyaOtaru on Fri 13th Feb 2009 11:29 in reply to "RE: Comment by moleskine"
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US are puritans so they like porn hurr. Why then does France have a significant industry? Or Sweden, which is pretty much the most liberated nation in the world? It's everywhere, which tells me it's less about breaking taboos than about appealing to some common human urges.

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RE: Comment by moleskine
by luisrefugiohurtiz on Fri 13th Feb 2009 02:13 in reply to "Comment by moleskine"
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2009-02-13

because it does not follow the herd , like your own country whatever your country might be, if Cuba follow the herd it would be like Haiti. By the way all of south america is going left big time following cuba's example, the US was right to try to destroy them every which way they can, now we see why. don't you see this?.

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RE: Comment by moleskine
by carlleigh on Fri 13th Feb 2009 08:04 in reply to "Comment by moleskine"
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Because Republicans and Conservatives tend to see it as very nice place but Castro keeps most of his people poor. Communism is a joke.
Because Democrates and Liberals tend to see it as a socialistic paradise which works because Castro keeps his people equaly poor.
See Communism works.

It very funny if you think about it. I wish they were free.

Huh! In the end. Most countries will opt out of Microsoft because 1. You will never know if you are secure and 2. You keep your self respect if you roll your own.

Price aside. With standard file formats it doesn't matter which you choose!

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