16 Mar 2005 roozbeh   » (Master)

Had a meeting with Samsung Iran people today, it seems that they are interested to make all of the hardware they market in Iran Linux-compatible. The main reasons are the US sanctions against the use of certain US technologies in Iran, and that Iran has not signed any of the international copyright treaties and conventions.

This means that the user will not want to pay the Microsoft tax for their laptops (because they can legally get a copy of Windows for two US dollars from the market), and they may not be able to provide genuine Windows licenses legally (as considered in the US/international context) anyway.

Ah, there's also that some agencies in the Iranian government are pushing for national adaption of Linux as the "National Operating System" (!).

So they are getting interested in Linux, and they want us to certify their products for compatibility with "Persian Linux" (whatever that means). Basically, we are going to get one free sample of every computer-related Samsung product sold in Iran and the full cooperation of their Korean engineers to develop drivers, if needed.

Unfortunately, it seems that not much cash is involved. We may either need to pay the employees with second hand color laser printers, or get involoved in heavy bartering with the university people, giving them monitors for lunch cards or something. Such goes business in Iran!

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