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Revista Cubana de Información en Ciencias de la Salud

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ALBO CASTRO, Mónica María  and  COCA BERGOLLA, Yuniesky. Importance of the quality of the GNU/Linux Nova distribution for informatization of the Cuban health system. Rev. cuba. inf. cienc. salud [online]. 2020, vol.31, n.4, e1594.  Epub Feb 15, 2021. ISSN 2307-2113.

The progress of science and technology applied for the benefit of society contributes to a country's sustainable development. One of the fundamental elements of the work for technological sovereignty in Cuba is using an operating system developed by national specialists. The operating system GNU/Linux Nova is a free software distribution developed by the Information Sciences University. It is one of the proposals of operating systems to be applied during the process of migration to free software and open code platforms in Cuba. The purpose of the study was to determine the way in which the quality of the GNU/Linux Nova distribution impacts on the migration process, particularly in the Cuban health sector. A brief analysis was conducted of the importance of technical and scientific development, as well as migration to free software for the informatization of society. A concise overview is provided of the evolution of the process of development of the GNU/Linux Nova distribution, which currently includes a quantitative quality evaluation procedure. This has made it possible to obtain better results in the evaluation of the product before its official release to show those results objectively. An assessment is finally presented of the economic, technical and scientific, and social impact of the distribution in the Cuban health sector.

Keywords : Software; quality; operating system; GNU/Linux.

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