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How Microsoft Crushed Linux's Chinese Rebellion

Jul 11, 2007, 21:45 (8 Talkback[s])

"David Kirkpatrick lays it on a bit thick in the current Fortune magazine paean to Bill Gates, 'How Microsoft Conquered China.' There's an obligatory couple of paragraphs near the bottom of the piece attempting to take Microsoft to task for getting in bed with the Internet-censoring Chinese Communist Party, but the gist of the story can only make Microsoft's public relations staff smile. Somehow, facing a market where piracy was rampant and the government openly pro-Linux, Microsoft turned it around. China, says Gates, will one day be Microsoft's biggest market. Yay for Windows!

"For all those whining about China's cavalier attitude toward intellectual property, the key paragraph is Gates' admission that, you know what, piracy sometimes ain't all that bad..."

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