Cuba launched Linux Nova last week at a Havana computer conference on “technological sovereignty.” The government feels that Microsoft systems are a potential threat to their country because they say U.S. security agents have access to codes. Besides that, they say that the trade embargo makes it difficult to get the software legally and update it. Dean of the School of Free Software, Hector Rodriguez, claims that about 20% of the computers are currently using Linux but feels that that figure could climb to more than 50% in 5 years.
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Not only is Cuba now allowing its people to purchase computers and appliances, they will have unlimited, unrestricted use of cell phones. ETECSA should be giving the little people full mobile service sometime this week. Previously, residents had to use other names or workplace to be able to have access. Since it must be paid with foreign currency, it is believed that this will still restrict use by Cubans with big bucks. Still, it is a start since there are limits on foreign travel and Internet access for now.
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