Cuba Embraces Open Source

The New York Times has an interesting article on Cuba’s attempt to quit its Microsoft habit. The Cuban government is turning to Linux in a big way.

“HAVANA (AP) — Cuba’s communist government is trying to shake off the yoke of at least one capitalist empire — Microsoft Corp. — by joining with socialist Venezuela in converting its computers to open-source software.

Both governments say they are trying to wean state agencies from Microsoft’s proprietary Windows to the open-source Linux operating system, which is developed by a global community of programmers who freely share their code.

”It’s basically a problem of technological sovereignty, a problem of ideology,” said Hector Rodriguez, who oversees a Cuban university department of 1,000 students dedicated to developing open-source programs.”

It will be interesting to see if the US government tries to position open source as a less patriotic choice. Anything is possible in this post 9/11 world.

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