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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. *
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| 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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