We can build it better, faster, and easier to hack into

cuban-linux

Wanting to rid itself of the hegemony of the US and Microsoft, the Cuban dictatorial regime has announced that they have created their own version of the popular open source operating system Linux and have dubbed it Nova. According to the regime, they needed to get rid of Microsoft and its Windows OS because the US government has backdoors and secret entries into the operating system they can use to spy on the Cuban computers using Windows.

This, of course, is unacceptable to the regime because if anyone is going to be spying on Cubans and their computers, it will be the regime itself! There is no doubt that this Linux variant will have plenty of backdoors for the DGI to peek through. Many more than any they have been able to exploit with Windows.

But since no news story which quotes officials from the Cuban regime is ever without some humor, albeit from the sheer absurdity, I leave you readers with the following:

“Private software can have black holes and malicious codes that one doesn’t know about,” Rodriguez [dean of the School of Free Software at Cuba’s University of Information Sciences] said. “That doesn’t happen with free software.”

4 thoughts on “We can build it better, faster, and easier to hack into”

  1. Of course, the MSM just quotes the Cuban regime verbatim and accepts their twisted, transparent rationale and excuses without questions. No wonder, the public is so misinformed. The MSM is acting as a platform for the tyranny. I’ll say it again, castro, inc.. has no need to sell Granma in the USA and in much of the world.

  2. One can wrap a lie in the truth.

    The truth is that it is difficult, if not out-and-out impossible to inject backdoors into Free (as in freedom) Software. The devil is in the details. The grand details are:

    1. Is the source code for “Nova” going to be made available?

    2. If I sit down and compile the distribution from that source code, will I arrive at the exact same functionality as the offical binary distribution?

    I would be shocked that the regime will abide by the GPL and make the source code available. But if they do, then I would be surprised if condition two will be true. The regime could inject some backdoors into the executables but provide pristine source files.

  3. Side note: as a non-Spanish speaker, I am under the impression that “Nova” means “no go”, which is why the automobile of the same name was a dud south of the border.

    Or is that something specific to Mexico?

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