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LinuxInsider: French Linux Users: Don't Pirate Microsoft

May 07, 2004, 22:00 (17 Talkback[s])
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"The French have somehow picked up a reputation as haters of big American business. It's not hard to see how that came about, when you consider that their biggest folk hero of recent years, the farmer José Bové, was catapulted to fame almost overnight for his part in the 1999 destruction of a new McDonald's fast-food restaurant in a rural corner of southern France.

"So it's doubly strange to hear of the latest initiative by the French Association of Linux Users (AFUL): The group wants the government to crack down on piracy of software products from companies such as Microsoft, it announced Tuesday. It also wants stores to display separately the price of software packages such as Microsoft Office when they are bundled with new computers, so that consumers are aware of their true cost..."

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