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ZDNet UK: Open source: Developing Markets and Anti-Americanism

Nov 14, 2005, 15:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ingrid Marson)

"Rishab Ghosh, programme leader of an open source research project at the Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT) in Holland conducted a study recently comparing licence fees with a country's gross domestic product (GDP) per capita.

"The results, even after software price discounts, showed that the cost of proprietary software for non-Western countries is 'enormous' in terms of relative purchasing power. Buying Windows XP and Office XP on Amazon.com in the US is equal to almost 3 months of GDP per capita in South Africa and over 16 months of GDP per capita in Vietnam. This is equivalent to charging a single–user licence fee in the US of $7,541 and $48,011 respectively..."

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