"Hancom Linux, the Korean company known chiefly outside Korea
for its Hancom Office productivity suite, is shipping what is
believed to be the first Arab-language Linux distribution.
"In an interview with Linux and Main, Bart Decrem, Hancom Linux
Vice President for Business Development, said that pursuing markets
outside the U.S. is a tremendous opportunity for Linux in both
server and desktop platforms, especially when offered by non-U.S.
distributors. "'America isn't very popular in every country,' he
said. 'So in my opinion there's great opportunity for companies
like ours, first of all in Asia, which is our home base, but I
think now with the Arab announcement there are going to be some
interesting opportunities for us. We're working on a big deal with
the Tunisian government, but then elsewhere in the Arab world, and
because of double-byte we get to do Hebrew and all sorts of other
languages as well, because now our software is