"Why should the masses bother with free software when
stealing from Microsoft is practically patriotic?..."
"Today, like almost everywhere else, more and more Chinese
people are buying PCs at continually dropping prices. But in China,
all too often they can't afford the extra $200 for the Windows
software necessary to make that computer work. The result: rampant
piracy of foreign software in China. Buying pirated versions of
Windows 98 and Windows 2000 is not only common among young computer
users in China, but it is socially acceptable."
"A more legally defensible solution to the country's economic
handicap would be the widespread adoption of free or open-source
software, such as Linux-based operating systems. Linux-based
systems, which are essentially free, have been brought to China via
Internet and through the marketing efforts of a handful of Linux
vendors, such as Red Hat and TurboLinux. Many Linux advocates in
the West see Linux-based operating systems as the most economical
way to introduce advanced, Internet-capable computer systems to
Third World countries that cannot afford proprietary software."
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