OS Ideology

By Deane Barker on February 19, 2007

Cuba embraces open-source software: In Cuba, the shift to Linux is ideological. Interesting article.

Cuban officials, ever focused on U.S. threats, also see it as a matter of national security.

Communications Minister Ramiro Valdes, an old comrade-in-arms of President Fidel Castro, raised suspicions about Microsoft’s cooperation with U.S. military and intelligence agencies as he opened a technology conference this week.

He called the world’s information systems a “battlefield” where Cuba is fighting against imperialism.

He also noted that Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates once described copyright reformers — including people who want to do away with proprietary software — as “some new modern-day sort of communists” — which is a badge of honor from the Cuban perspective.