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[News] Cuba Approaches the Windows to GNU/Linux Phase

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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.   


Starting with applications. That's the way they very successfully migrated to
Linux in ELCOT.


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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