The World's Worst Way to Market Linux
Dec 03, 2008, 19:18 (0 Talkback[s])
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"It's estimated that China has an 82% software piracy
rate. Getting businesses to go legal with a native Chinese Linux
sounded like a win to me. Until, I saw the Red Flag Linux price
tag: 5,000 yuan, that's $725 U.S. That's way over the line for a
small Chinese business.
"Nanchang has about 600 Internet cafes for its approximately
4-million citizens. In China, for most people, Internet cafes are
still the way they use to connect with the Internet. China made be
home for Lenovo and many other PC vendors, but you're not going to
find PCs and broadband in most homes.
"That said, no one's getting rich from the Internet cafes.
They're small mom and pop businesses."