Roy Schestowitz wrote:
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> | Now comes the really interesting question. With Vista's activation
> | technology, Microsoft has the power to stamp out piracy everywhere. But
> | will it choose to do so everywhere? After all, if folks in China or
> | Thailand or Ethiopia have to pay for Vista, they won't be able to run
> | it because they won't be able to afford the licence fee. In which case
> | they may finally wake up to the attractions of free software such as
> | Linux - and it's easy to imagine what that will do to Microsoft's
> | plans for world domination.
> | It's a delicious prospect: Microsoft impaling itself on the horns
> | of a dilemma it has created for itself. Roll on Thursday.
The Guardian may like to know that:-
1. The battle for China has already been won by Linux. It wasn't based on
price either, MS were practically going to give XP away to them, but still
they chose Linux.
2. Linux has already won Thailand. See news in http://www.linuxinsider.com
3. IBM have taken Linux into Etheopia.
These countries, and others not mentioned in his article, chose linux not
only because of price but because of the security problems of MS and
probably most important in some of these cases, Linux gives them greater
local control. It also gives an excellant platform for local development.
I wouldn't be at all surprised if we didn't someday see many more Debian
based very localised distros. The system is so easy for each local area
without losing the upgrade path, so I see no problem in it happening and
good advantages for many a country. That doesn't have to only mean the gui
shells being better suited to the locals or the language, it can include
many other areas too.