Erik Funkenbusch wrote:
> On 28 Mar 2006 15:36:40 -0800, Edwin wrote:
> > Erik Funkenbusch wrote:
> >> On Tue, 28 Mar 2006 19:25:13 +0100, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
> >>> Software piracy costing Indonesia billions: Microsoft
> >>> ,----[ Quote ]
> >>>| JAKARTA (AFP) - Software piracy is costing the Indonesian economy
> >>>| billions of dollars each year and is stymieing the creation of
> >>>| a local information technology industry, a Microsoft
> >>>| representative said.
> >>> `----
> >>> This begs for the question: why isn't the company from Redmond intervening?
> >>> Turning a blind eye to privacy may be the path to monoculture preservation
> >>> in poor nations.
> >> What's even more interesting is that even people who are paying nothing for
> >> the OS, given the choice, seem to be choosing Windows.
> > That question was addressed. There's no incentive to develop free
> > software when the commercial software is available for free.
> That's an implied statement that non-commercial software is less capable.
No it's not. One doesn't develop a free tool to do a job when a free
tool that does the job is already available.
Besides, they're pirating MS software to sell it. Nobody needs to buy
Linux from a pirate.