Venezuela was shifting to Linux as their preferred operating system in sync with Cuba who has made a major re-commitment to Linux in an .attempt to grow its open source community and steer further away from tech dependencies on imperialism.
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Here's the real charm I think: Ubuntu requires any old hardware to work on. It adapts to old PCs when Windoes will simply freeze up on the doing. So it doesn't matter if the machines you get are old or oldish — you can still harness them to a working life.