thanks jschiwal, but my question involves my using the software IN the embargoed country, not the other way around. In other words, what is acceptable to be used in a network in Syria?
Matir, I have already gone throught corporate counsel...they gave me some guidelines (<10% U.S. origin - manufacture, for example), but I have to analyze whether a particular piece of software or hardware meets these guidelines. Regarding Linux... Redhat and Suse are out of the question because of their relationship to american companies.
I suppose I am looking for alternatives to the "commercial" flavors, those that have less to do with a company and more to do with the open source community, which is still suitable for deployment in sites with >200 users, and which has enough "support" to keep me from losing my job.
Also, any online research anyone knows about concerning the embargo (against Syria, Iran, etc...) and how this affects the open-source community would be very helpful.