"It must be quite flattering when a government sits up, takes
note of the potential of a Linux-users group, and prominently
features it in advertisements noticed nationwide.
"This happened recently in Pakistan, where a small but growing
band of GNU/Linux enthusiasts--and some senior policy planners
working at another level--have understood the impact that this
alternative computing operating system could have on their
"Sometime in June, the English-language newspaper The Dawn
published from the port city of Karachi, announced: 'The Government
of Pakistan is committing itself to the reduction of piracy and the
protection of intellectual property. Linux and open source
technologies are the corner stone of this initiative...'"