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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Starts Embargoes Rather Than be Embargoed for Its Crimes

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Starts Embargoes Rather Than be Embargoed for Its Crimes
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 31 May 2009 12:41:44 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Cuba criticizes Microsoft blocking Messenger

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| Cuba criticized Microsoft on Friday for blocking its Messenger instant 
| messaging service on the island and in other countries under U.S. sanctions, 
| calling it yet another example of Washington's "harsh" treatment of Havana.  
| The technology giant recently announced it was disabling the program's 
| availability in Cuba, Syria, Iran, Sudan and North Korea to come into 
| compliance with a U.S. ban on transfer of licensed software to embargoed 
| countries.   
| The move "is just the latest turn of the screw in the United States' 
| technological blockade against the island," a technology writer said in an 
| article published by state youth newspaper Juventud Rebelde.   


Microsoft Shuts Off IM Service in Sudan and Other Sanctioned Countries


Good riddance to Microsoft...


Cuba releases free video game that teaches Unix to kids, built with Blender and

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| NovaTux is the first open source video game to be released by Cuba’s vibrant
| free software community. The work was done by students of UCI, one of the
| most important computer science universities in Cuba, which also launched
| Nova, the first GNU/Linux distribution from the country.


Review: Nova Linux 1.1.2

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| I recently heard that Cuba had created their own Linux distribution, Nova.
| Like many other countries with a rocky relationship with the USA (Russia,
| China, Iran), Cuba is wary of running their entire computer infrastructure on
| software developed in the USA.  As someone of Cuban ancestry, this
| development piqued my interested and I decided to check it out.  (I figured
| such a specialist distro would never be on the cover of LXF).  According to
| its distrowatch page, it is a mix of Gentoo, Sabayon, and Ututo.  We’ll see
| if they chose all of the negative aspects of those distros and thus created
| Satan’s Distro or if they took all that was good and created what Gentoo has
| the potential to be.  So I launch it up in VirtualBox.


Nova Baire, el Linux cubano

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| Video de demostración de la distribución de Linux cubana, Nova en su primera
| versión.


Cuba Launches Own Linux Variant to Counter U.S.

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| A Linux operating system variant called Nova, introduced in Cuba at a
| computer conference on technological sovereignty, is part of an effort to
| replace the Microsoft software running most of Cuba's computers. The Cuban
| government views the use of Microsoft systems as a potential threat because
| it says U.S. security agencies have access to Microsoft codes.


Nova: Cubans roll their own Linux

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| Reuters report today, 12th February 2009, that the government of Cuba aims to
| replace the, all pervasive Microsoft software, running on its administrative
| infrastructure, with its own Linux distribution. The Cuban distribution,
| called Nova and apparently a Gentoo variant of Linux, was introduce recently
| at the annual International Conference on Communication and Technologies in
| Havana.


Cuba Opts for Linux to Guarantee Technological Independence

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| Assistance with the understanding and expansion of the Linux computer
| operating system was the main outcome of the Free Software Festival of the
| Youth Computing Club, which took place in the central Cuban province of
| Cienfuegos


Russia and Cuba Unite Against Microsoft

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| Recently, Russia announced that it was pushing Microsoft out of its schools
| in favour of open source. Now, it's going even further by joining with Cuba
| to write free software that can be used instead of Microsoft's products in
| other areas...


Cubans prefer Linux to sex

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| Pingdom also wonders why, within the US, the strongest Linux interest is in
| Utah. A lot of readers have pointed out the obvious answer - Novell and SCO
| are based there, and there's a strong community of Novell-related companies.
| Utah is also probably the state where Linux comes closest to sex in
| Google-popularity.


Linux popularity across the globe

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| In general, Linux seems to have a stronger popularity in the East than in the
| West, with some exceptions (like Cuba). This is perhaps not surprising,
| considering that it is free software and many of the countries where Linux is
| most popular have a relatively low income per capita compared to most
| countries in the West. Or perhaps there is just a stronger focus on free
| software and Open Source in these regions.


U.S. position on Cuba hurts Microsoft

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| At a technology conference in February last year, the Cuban government
| declared its intention to rid itself of Microsoft software in favor of
| open-source alternatives. According to an Associated Press report,
| Communications Minister Ramiro Valdes, who opened the conference, suggested
| that Microsoft was cooperating with U.S. military and intelligence
| authorities, and he proclaimed that IT is a battlefield on which Cuba is
| fighting imperialism.


Kicking Cuba's Free Software Switch Into a Higher Gear

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| In fact, the changeover strategy is made up of several stages, from
| installing specific programs such as the browser Mozilla Firefox to replace
| the widely used Internet Explorer, which began Jan. 5, to training operators
| to use OpenOffice instead of Microsoft Office, until patented software is
| finally dropped.
| [...]
| The purpose of the move is to "attain sovereignty and technological
| autonomy," as recommended by the Ibero-American Charter on Electronic
| Government, approved by the Ninth Ibero-American Conference of Ministers for
| Public Administration and State Reform, held in Chile in June 2007.


University of Havana Finally Switches to Free Software

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| And, Yudivián Almeida, professor of computer at the University of Havana,
| this change means that “[w]hen free software has been installed on all of the
| university’s computers, it will make no sense to teach using anything else.”
| So, one more Latin American institution has made the conversion away from
| closed, proprietary software and towards open knowledge.


Cuba Lifts Ban on Home Computers

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| I'm a Cuban. This happened more than a month ago. And we are very happy that
| someone finally came to his senses about it.
| What's new, though, is that [startin soon], they are going to be sold without
| operating systems... No more windows pre-installed. Or so I've heard. Now we
| only need tons of Ubuntu disks to give away at the sotre.


Cuba Votes No to OOXML - Says It Did So in September, Too - Updated

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| More OOXML news. The Cuban National Bureau of Standards has reportedly sent
| an email to the three names NBs are supposed to notify at ISO, Toshiko
| Kimura, Keith Brannon, and Martine Gaillen, reporting that Cuba votes to
| disapprove OOXML.
| But the startling news is that the email claims that Cuba voted no in
| September but that its vote was miscounted.
| [...]
| If you recall, the public announcement by ISO in September said that Cuba had
| voted to approve, which led to puzzlement. Not so, says the email, which was
| sent on Friday evening and broadly cc'd, including to all the NBs, perhaps to
| ensure there was no confusion this time. Cuba was deeply injured by the false
| report, the email says. Cuba voted no with comments in September. It never
| approved OOXML.



The Gradual Introduction of Free Software in Cuba Becomes Significant to Go
Ahead in the Crucial Strategy.

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| Without “pushing the boat out”, the gradual introduction of free software in
| Cuba becomes significant to go ahead in the process of incorporating
| informatics into society.


Cuba embraces migration to free and open source software

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| Cuba's Cabinet also has urged a shift from proprietary software. The customs
| service has gone to Linux and the ministries of culture, higher education and
| communications are planning to do so, Rodriguez said.
| And students in his own department are cooking up a version of Linux called
| Nova, based on Gentoo distribution of the operating system. The ministry of
| higher education is developing its own.


Cuba Embraces Open-Source Software

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| 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.
| [...]
| Other countries have tried similar moves. China, Brazil and
| Norway have encouraged the development of Linux for a variety
| of reasons: Microsoft's near-monopoly over operating systems,
| the high cost of proprietary software and security problems.

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