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[3]: Comment by moleskine
by Soulbender on Thu 12th Feb 2009 12:35 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by moleskine"
Soulbender
Member since:
2005-08-18

Not really the smartest move considering the effects of the embargo on them


I didn't say it was smart. Besides, it's only the U.S embargo, much of the rest of the world doesn't really care about their Don Quiote-esque fight against communism and are gladly trading with Cuba.

but Cuba is just plain screwed.

Is? They've been doing it for 45 years. "Is screwed" may be a long time coming.

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RE[4]: Comment by moleskine
by vitae on Thu 12th Feb 2009 12:41 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by moleskine"
vitae Member since:
2006-02-20

Yeah, is because just when they got rid of Fidel, along comes Raul.

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RE[4]: Comment by moleskine
by averycfay on Thu 12th Feb 2009 14:05 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by moleskine"
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2005-08-29

US Cuban policy has nothing to do with communism. It has everything to do with Florida.

Basically, winning Florida is pretty crucial to winning the Presidency because of the electoral college. Many ex-Cubans live in Florida and they are vehemently anti-Castro. So, our whole Cuban policy is shaped by a relatively small group of people living in Florida.

Anyone who is intellectually honest--regardless of what they think about the Cuban regime--realizes that our trade embargo is absolutely ridiculous. Just look at China. China is just as bad if not worse than Cuba in terms of freedom/human rights and yet they get most favored nation trading status.

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RE[5]: Comment by moleskine
by Soulbender on Thu 12th Feb 2009 16:12 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by moleskine"
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2005-08-18

Yeah, that does have a lot to do with it. But you know, back in the good ole 80's it was because of the ultimate evil: communism. At least officially.
Sort of how now it is officially because the Cuban people is opressed and Castro is (was) a dictator.

Plus I wanted to use "Don Quiote-esque".

Edited 2009-02-12 16:16 UTC

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