"Linux luminaries including Linus Torvalds and Jon 'maddog' Hall
attempted to answer this question during a low-key panel session in
the darkest depths of Comdex this week."
"In a debate about the internationalisation of Linux, the panel
was asked whether Linux would suffer the same problems with
software piracy that Microsoft and others have in areas such as
Asia and Eastern Europe. The 200 or so delegates had several
opinions, but none that nailed down the awkward question."
"Torvalds, founder of the Linux operating system,
said piracy is part of the development process for the
computing industry. "The way the computing industry came to be was
through piracy, it drove the acceptance of standards," he said. In
a thinly veiled swipe at rivals, Torvalds continued: "That's how
many companies became so common. Now they don't need piracy, they
want to stamp it out."
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