Open Source Software in Cambodia

June 14, 2006

As a man in Khmer Software Initiative project (known as KhmerOS), I had joint the 7th Cambodia Civil Society Forum Fair organized in Phnom Penh on 9-10th June 2006. There are about 60 local NGOs and communities showing their achievement. Many Khmer products can be found during this show. Yes, this fair aimed to promote Khmer products.

As you can see at [1], KhmerOS provided some Khmer software CDs for free to the people. In that CD, there is a bunch of software that people need for their daily computer life (running on Windows) starting from internet/email program (Mekhala and Moyura, the Khmer customized version of Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird) to office application (OpenOffice 2.0).

SUSE Linux 10.1, the first Linux operating system that works well with Khmer out of the box, was also shown during the fair. Many people seem to be interested in it very much. They asked for it but unfortunately KhmerOS could not provide it for free. People have to exchange their blank CDs. And after telling, some people went out for a few minutes and came with 6 blank CDs.

There are also some picture taken during the fair. I hope you’ll enjoy them.

Khmer software CDs labeled “Use and Distribute for free” in the top of CD. There were also five icons representing the CD content. Starting from the left: Khmer Unicode (standard Khmer keyboard layout and Khmer unicode fonts), OpenOffice, Mekhala, Moyura and Khmer Unicode typing program. People that did not get the CDs were invited to the upcomming event organized by KhmerOS project. It’s called Installation Party where people can just come and bring their laptop and PC case to KhmerOS office to get Khmer software installed.

SUSE Linux 10.1 CDs labeled “Khmer Computer Operating System” and “Use and Distribute for free” in Khmer

You can find more picture related to KhmerOS during the fair at [1].

[2] from Vutha’s blog describes more about the whole fair.

[1] KhmerOS activities at Civil Fair
[2] Promoting Khmer Products


41 Responses to “Open Source Software in Cambodia”

  1. mungkol Says:

    Excellent JOB!

    I am very proud of KhmerOS team!

    Please continue your WONDERFUL JOB!

  2. Singachea Says:

    Why do you need to exchange CDs? Why don’t you just charge for those 6 CDs for Linux? It would be more flexible. Oh I have something to ask; I installed Suse 10.1 on my pc and everything worked well. However, I can’t play movies. All my movies need codec, how can I install those codecs?

  3. will visit and get the CD one day,
    good work.

  4. chamrong Says:

    how can i get the poster ?

  5. mungkol: បើ​សិន​ជា​មិន​មាន​ការ​ជួយជ្រោមជ្រែង​ពី​អ្នក​ទាំងអស់​គ្នា​ទេ ខ្មែរអូអេសទៅ​មិន​រួច​ដែរ ។

    Singachea: KhmerOS did not want to involve with the money. But you are right, it should be more flexible. So now KhmerOS decided to charge 2$ for those 6 CDs.
    For music and movie, there are some problem with SUSE 10.1 due to some patent and legal issue. You’ll need to install more packages. KhmerOS is now trying to make a document on how to solve such a problem.

    Khmerbird: You are welcome to visit KhmerOS office.

    Chamrong: What poster do you want? KhmerOS poster?

  6. Singachea Says:

    It’s really quite reasonable to charge 6 CDs for $2. Did KhmerOS translate its manuals such as start-up and applications for newbies?

  7. KhmerOS did make the following document for SUSE 10.1:
    How to install SUSE 10.1 in Khmer
    How to make SUSE 10.1 enable to play some music format and DVD

    But your idea is really good, there should be another start-up document for newbies. I’ll try to discuss this problem with KhmerOS team.

  8. ខេមរា Says:

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  9. បាត់មុខ​បាត់​មាត់​​ ឃើញ​តែ​ច្រមុះ??!!

  10. rethfuture Says:

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  11. khmeramatak Says:

    សូម​ស្វាគមន៍ ខេមរា, rethfuture !

    Reth: ចាំ​ខ្ញុំ​បន្ថែម blog របស់​អ្នក ហើយ​សូម​អរគុណ​ណាស់ ដែល​បាន​បន្ថែម blog របស់​ខ្ញុំ ។

    វណ្ណា​អើយ ខ្ញុំ​ជាប់​រវល់​ពេក ។ ឥឡូវនេះ​ក្រៅ​ពី​ការងារ (ផាត់​រឿង​រៀនសូត្រ​ចេញ) ខ្ញុំ​នៅ​មាន​ការងារ​ផ្សេង​ទៀត​ដែល​ត្រូវ​ធ្វើ (ខ្ញុំ​កំពុង​តែ​រៀប​គម្រោង) ។

  12. Randall Wall Says:

    Looking for the next release!

  13. please forward us the release of your next software developements and future projects would like to know

  14. Also waiting for the next release. Keep us up to date.

  15. ST Says:

    Please keep us up to date on future software development, nice photos too

  16. KhmerOS should offer something for free, a demo or something. The secret to getting people to use your software is to give them something that they can take home and use. Just don’t give them the whole version.

  17. bath vader Says:

    you need to provide something that can be implemented across the common hardware available.

  18. David Says:

    Looking forward to the next release!

  19. parasailing Says:

    nice info well laid out and keep posting

  20. Andy Says:

    would love to see a demo of the cd

  21. Yes, it’s nice point. I am totally agree with you. Thank you, cheers..

  22. Adultoysuk Says:

    very interesting

  23. shopwoh Says:

    i’m startin to use this way to make some serious work… nice way to make u know!

  24. interesting thoughts, i’ll check out your other blogs

  25. Deane Says:

    I did pick up the cd. nice

  26. Lost Secret is right. In the software world, you can’t expect people to buy something on the CD that you can’t touch or feel or smell or hear. The only way to get people interested is give away demo software. That’s how my company does business. We get a lots of sales that way.

  27. enlarge Says:

    that is pretty cool

  28. The goal of the KhmerOS project is to produce the basic computer technology necessary for Cambodia to enter the age of technology.

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  31. This is very cool…..

  32. That’s how my company does business. We get a lots of sales that way.

  33. dev.pho Says:

    SUSE or openSUSE? They are not the same.

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