Interview with Javier Solá from KhmerOS on Free Software for the Third World and why Mozilla will disappear
Phnom Penh, october 15th 2005
The remembrance of the Khmer Rouge's victims can still be felt everywhere around Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh. More than two decades after the fall of Pol Pot's terror regime the country slowly releases itself from the deadlock of civil war. But apart from collecting guns and fighting the further spread of HIV, there is also another issue Cambodia has to overcome – using computers. For people in the US and Europe, it is common to use computers in their own language. But imagine you would have to use a Chinese word processor to write an English text, and this word processor is not really able to handle English well. That is roughly the situation in Cambodia. Most people speak only very little English and are therefore handicapped in doing even simple tasks. Javier Sola, a spaniard living in Cambodia, and the NGO Open Forum of Cambodia want to change this by localizing open source software for Khmer, as the cambodian language is called officially, and provide the people a legal alternative to pirated copies of Windows and Microsoft Office.
Weiterlesen: It's the language, stupid