Cuba to dump Windows for Linux

Campaign News | Thursday, 19 May 2005

Gradual shift will save money

Havana May 18: Cuba will gradually switch to the open-source Linux operating system for its state computers, eliminating its exclusive use of Microsoft Windows, the government daily Juventud Rebelde reported on Tuesday.

Roberto del Puerto, director of the state office of information technology, told the daily that Cuba already had about 1500 computers using the Linux system, a free operating system whose technical data is open for public viewing.

Del Puerto said his office was working on a legal framework that would allow the replacement of the Windows system.

Although Windows is used on about 90 per cent of the world's personal computers, some governments and large organisations have switched to Linux or have threatened to do so to get discounts.

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