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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WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

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.


Last year Fidel Castro stepped down from the throne and let his son take over. Last year also saw the right for regular citizens to obtain and use personal computers. That's a start in my opinion. Government support for an OS which whomever citizen can modify to his or her liking is also a step towards some freedom.

Don't be so anti-Cuba. No one likes dictatorship except the dictators themselves, but every single step towards freedom in any of its forms for the citizens and their data is a step in the right direction.

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arpan Member since:
2006-07-30

Last year Fidel Castro stepped down from the throne and let his son take over. Last year also saw the right for regular citizens to obtain and use personal computers. That's a start in my opinion. Government support for an OS which whomever citizen can modify to his or her liking is also a step towards some freedom.


:-) You really think that citizens who are just now being allowed to use computers, (and most probably can't afford them anyhow), will suddenly be able to understand the source code for Linux/Gnome/KDE and modify it?

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Sabon Member since:
2005-07-06

"Last year Fidel Castro stepped down from the throne and let his son take over."

Actually it is his brother, not his son.

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Blackwizard Member since:
2007-10-11

Last year Fidel Castro stepped down from the throne and let his son take over.

Brother, who was also a revolutioner, not son.

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