Cuban officials this week announced they’ve launched their own variant of Linux. Dubbed Nova, it’s an attempt to rid their computers of U.S. hegemony, a.k.a. Microsoft. Viva la (open source) revolucion, siempre!
The Cuban government feels that Windows is not only a symbol of U.S. hegemonic rule, but they think the U.S. government has access to Windows’ source code, and could use it against the Caribbean island. And it’s difficult for Cubans to obtain and update their Windows software since there’s like, you know, that whole trade embargo nonsense makes it really, really difficult to BUY it.
But it is impressive that 20% of the Cuba’s computer users are already running some form of Linux on their computers. Bravo, I say. Bravo. [Reuters]