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When Linux Fails

Dec 09, 2008, 03:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeremy Allison)

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"At first glance Free and Open Source software should be perfect for places like Mali. The local economy is poor, and average salaries make proprietary software an unimaginable expense for most people there. Yet the place is overrun with copies of Microsoft Windows. This is the toxic effect of what is called software "piracy" of course, although it bears little resemblance to what occurs off the coast of Somalia and is better called copyright infringement, as that's what it really is. Copyright infringement doesn't sound as threatening or scary as "piracy" though, does it ? The outcome of this rampant illegal software copying is that Windows is seen as "the first world standard" and any attempt to push a cheaper alternative is strongly resisted. They consider it trying to cheat local people out of getting the same quality of software that is used in the developed world, even though it's a legal way of getting quality software for free."

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