Nova 2015 is the new version of a GNU / Linux distribution of Cuban origin developed by the University of Informatics Sciences of this country. This distro is developed and maintained by students and professors of said entity, as well as members of other institutions to support the migration to free software in Cuba.
The development team of this distribution managed to obtain a donation of a Yeelong notebook designed and produced in China by the Lemote company to partner with this company in the field of hardware. Then they would also reach an agreement with Gedeme Electronics (a company that assembles computer equipment in Cuba) to continue having development teams.
From the beginning to the present, Nova has been advancing step by step and is currently in a quite mature stage and available for 32 and 64 bits on x86 platforms. It is quite light and can be downloaded in three editions (Server, Lightweight and Desktop) LiveCD for those who want to try it.
This distro brings with it a series of parallel developments such as Guano (a lightweight desktop environment), Summon (application installer), Serere (Nova installation system), a genuine control panel worked in Nova and finally Capoeira and Ecumenix (for integration with Microsoft Windows desktops).
In the Nova 2015 distro, which is being developed, we are working to create a new shell to leave GNOME (by default in the current versions) and create our own alternative for the desktop. In this sense, they have opted for another Cuban development called MoonLight DE (a popular lightweight desktop environment in development).