Cuba gets its own twist on Linux (AFP)

HAVANA (AFP) – Cuba has launched its own version of the open-source software Linux, dubbed Nova, steering clear of licensing spending required by giants like Microsoft, a state media outlet said Thursday.

“Now Cuba has its own tool to move various institutions along toward open-source software,” said the newspaper Juventud Rebelde (Rebel Youth), noting that Nova is a “Cuban distribution of Gnu/Linux.”

The Cuban software, developed with staff and students at the University of Havana, was unveiled at the International Computers and Software Convention underway here through Sunday.

Cubans earn an average 17-20 dollars a month, and most use a computer only at their workplace or school. Access to the Internet is expensive and in the Americas’ only communist state, restricted.

Open-source software allows people to reproduce it as many times as they like, unlike other popular software such as Microsoft’s Windows.

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5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Icar Po on February 16, 2009 at 8:02 am

    In your “My News Clips” about Cuba Linux Nova you said
    “Cubans earn an average 17-20 dollars a month, and most use a computer only at their workplace or school. Access to the Internet is expensive and in the Americas’ only communist state, restricted.
    Open-source software allows people to reproduce it as many times as they like, unlike other popular software such as Microsoft’s Windows.”

    Firstly: Every thing is relative at cost of life, 17-20 dollars a month, in Cuban Pesos, with no rent/mortgage for house, no education or medical fees, etc (the list is very long) you can do more than minimum gages wherever you are.
    Secondly: Access to Internet was restricted by the US embargo and you are late in news, with the new LA satellite, access is faster and wide accessible than in the US.
    Computers supplied by China and assembled in Venezuela are more accessible than ever.
    Brazil has already its own version of Linux (Connectiva) and helped troubled Mandrake to stay alive with the strategic alliance “Mandriva”.
    Peru and Venezuela, by law, governmental offices run Open software.
    Even Guatemala has its own Maya Open Source software.
    By the way, Mayan Calendar was the first computer in the continent called America.

    So, before you comment on LA business, you should read more about LA.

    Et si tu parles français tu comprendras VTFE cnard …

  2. Posted by Icar Po on February 16, 2009 at 8:05 am

    A relevant point: where we can download Linux/nova for test

  3. Posted by Cush In SF on February 17, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Good question. I honestly have not looked. do a google search. it is fairly new so may or may not find it for download but will be available soon.

  4. Posted by Cush In SF on February 17, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    I posted your reply with some response at https://myclipsblog.wordpress.com/2009/02/17/more-on-internet-access-in-south-america/. Your reply is very informative. I did not know any of what you mentioned. Also, what you read is a clip from another source. I did not write it. There is a link at the end of that post to find the original article and get mad at them. Have a nice day

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