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Linux Journal: Followup with the LUG Of Iraq

Dec 18, 2003, 13:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Adam Davidson)

"This being said, virtually no Iraqis know anything about the debate over open versus proprietary software. Since Iraq never signed on to the copyright conventions common in other countries, Iraqis have no sensitivity to the issue. They believe that all software costs 2,000 dinars, or roughly one dollar, the price software sellers charge for any copied CD. But this will change soon. Iraq's basic laws are being rewritten right now, largely with the help of US government advisors. And, without counter-advocacy, it seems all but certain that Iraq will soon have some of the strictest DMCA-like codes in the world.

"I am an American reporter, the Baghdad correspondent for the public radio business show Marketplace and a Linux user. I've searched around and have found precisely two Linux advocates in all of Iraq. Ashraf Tariq and Hasanen Nawfal have created Iraq's only Linux User Group and are, to date, its only members. (Another group, iraqilinux.org, is made up of people outside of Iraq, hoping to encourage Linux use in the country.) Ashraf and Hasanen are quite impressive. They are young graduate students at the until-recently named Saddam University..."

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