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ArabNews: Open Source Movement Getting Popular

Oct 30, 2002, 13:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Molouk Y. Ba-Isa)

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"At GITEX, Arab News met with Dr. Khaled A. Al-Ghoneim, chairman of the Saudi Computer Society's Board of Directors. Al-Ghoneim is an outspoken supporter of the open source movement. Here's what he had to say on a variety of topics relating to IT in the Kingdom...

"Q: You are a known advocate of the Linux operating system. How do you feel about Microsoft winning the project at the National Information Center in the Ministry of Interior? Is this the right direction to take?

"A: I co-founded the Saudi Linux Users Group and I am very strongly attached to Linux. But I am also chairman of the Saudi Computer Society. So this means that I must be very sensitive to the direction we take at the national level. Personally, I am with Linux, but I understand that I can't turn the entire Saudi Computer Society in the direction I prefer..."

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