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Wired: Slow Going for Linux in Iraq

May 29, 2004, 04:00 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Amit Asaravala)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"Reports from inside the country say curious citizens are keeping Internet cafes filled to capacity, that eager students are returning to universities to learn how to program and that high-end computer workstations can be bought for as little as $150 in city marketplaces.

"But even with all the growth, there is still one aspect of technology that has yet to penetrate the country's borders: open-source software. With software piracy so rampant that a CD copy of almost any program can be bought for just 2,000 dinars, or $1, the demand for free software just isn't there yet, according to Ashraf Tariq and Hasanen Nawfal..."

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