I know of a group who visited Cuba recently. They found immense poverty. I thought to check out the statistics about IT:
|Number of existing computers||M||300.0||377.0||430.0||509.0||630.0||700.0|
|Of them in Web:||193.1||243.3||258.0||330.0||400.0||455.0|
|Number of Internet service users||M||940.0||1,090.0||1,250.0||1,310.0||1,450.0||1,600.0|
|Number of Internet sites||M||1.5||2.5||2.9||3.4||…||…|
|Personal computers per 1 000||U||27||34||38||45||56||62|
|Internet users per 1 000||U||84||97||111||117||129||142|
|Domains registered under. Cu||U||1.209||1.351||1.389||1.431||2.168||2.331|
|Cellular mobile telephone subscribers||M||152.7||135.5||73.8||198.3||330.0||621.2|
|Population coverage of mobile cellular||%||71.0||71.0||61.0||77.2||75.8||77.5|
Ministry of Information and Communications.
Besides the obvious impact of the US embargo on IT in Cuba, one can see that the government was acutely aware of this situation when they decided to move everything to FLOSS. This year, all PCs made at the Chinese-Cuban factory in Cuba will have both that other OS and Nova GNU/Linux. The desktop monopoly is dying quickly in Cuba although access to computers is still severely restricted by economics. If there ever was a country that needs GNU/Linux and thin clients, Cuba is it.
Of course, politics intervenes and the newly supplied fibre-optic link to the Internet will not be widely available until more PCs are obtained and the powers that be lighten up.