By Clark Boyd
Technology correspondent

A group of Iraqi computer enthusiasts are advocating the use of the operating system Linux to rebuild their country.

The US is running various computer training projects in Iraq
Ashraf Hasson and Hasanen Nawfal are both natives of Baghdad.

Like many 20-somethings, Hasson and Nawfal grew up nurturing passions for computers and for programming.

Both of them are firm believers in open source software. Unlike expensive proprietary software, open-source software can be freely distributed and modified, as long as the modifications are shared with other users.

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