Open source use advances in state entities

Monday, January 3, 2011

Cuba advanced its use of open source software and operating systems in state entities during 2010, according to local radio station Radio Reloj.

According to deputy ICT minister Boris Moreno, Cuba's customs agency completely switched to using open source programs. Additionally, the central offices of the ministries of IT and communications, education, higher education, culture and health also implemented open source software.

In 2011, the government plans to wrap up the first stage of its plan for all Cuban state entities to migrate to open source programs. Additionally, Moreno said the youth computing and electronics club will add more courses in these applications.

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The US embargo on Cuba prevents citizens from accessing solutions, such as Microsoft's, that are developed by US companies.