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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Just following Russia and China
by cushioncritter on Thu 12th Feb 2009 14:51 UTC
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First China was enraged against Windows when the WGA was activated, with Chinese state-run TV (CCTV-9) showing angry Chinese users who had lost control of their desktop to a "black screen" and alluding to mass movement to Red Flag Linux (as if it is the ONLY Linux). With the US economy in tatters and the US seeking to borrow trillions from China and other "enemies", it is no longer in a position to force reciprocal importation of its VERY few, and highly UNWANTED, exports such as MS Software, GM cars, Disney movies, etc.

Cuba, Russia, Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, and the rest of this sphere of influence have strong bilateral ties to China and will follow China's lead. They will all benefit from being able to use almost free discarded PC's such as 2.4GHz Pentium IV with 256M RAM and 1G HDD from the EU and USA, which are
forced by so-called "free market forces" to migrate to Vista/Windows 7 with new, faster hardware. Future hardware discards will also be exported instead of being returned to Dell/HP etc. under the "crush old computers prepaid" plan designed to keep these companies and MS from competing against old hardware and old Windows versions. It will be difficult to argue that landfilling these computers is still a good thing with currently increasing global environmental awareness.

Bill Gates monopoly depended on the near absence of any positive examples of Linux adoption, always offering free hardware/software, "Windows Starter Edition", anything to stop any major adoption by any entity, no matter how small, that might create an example of successful Linux adoption. It also depended on "Windows as free software" piracy availability globally, and in Ballmer's greed he has cracked this solid monopoly for the sake of a few quarters of slightly higher MSFT stock prices.

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