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Re: Linux Gets Boost in Indian Supply Chain

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Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> __/ [ Colin Day ] on Tuesday 30 May 2006 15:35 \__
>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>> Be sure to have a look at:
>>> http://saselinux.com/
>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>> | No, SASELinux is not a new distribution of Linux nor is it any other OS
>>> | at all rather it is a way for users with limited or no bandwidth of
>>> | their own to get Linux at very little cost to them. Currently to
>>> | download Linux you really need a good high speed line and a day or so to
>>> | download the three or four gigs. So we have set out to change that by
>>> | mailing what ever distribution of Linux you want directly to you!
>>> `----
>> A good high-speed line *and* a day? It only took me a few hours to
>> download SUSE 10.1, though I did wait a few days.
>> Anyway, even at 400 KBps, 3.2 gigabytes should only take 8000
>> seconds (2 hours 13 minutes 20 seconds) to download, and I get
>> higher speeds than that.
> Yes, but we are fortunate to live in parts of the world where all of this is
> possible.
> http://www.broadbandreports.com/shownews/74585
>  ( Published in many venues recently: Cost of 1 Gigabyte in Africa: $1,800)
> I believe that among Ubuntu's mission statements there is this aspiration to
> bring computers (e.g. Ubuntu Linux) to all human beings. At present, you
> have this "one $100 laptop per child" initiative. You also see Microsoft's
> attempt to extend languages (locale equivalent), Starter Edition
> (crippleware), and "pay-per-use" computing. As for piracy, Africa tops the
> list for levels of software piracy. I am not comparing south-east Asia to
> Africa, but I debate using extremities to accentuate this point.

I remain convinced that the distribution of free software to developing
countries, and to the underdeveloped countries, can do only good.
Education is the great enabler, and the motivation for people in less
well off countries is often much greater than their rich counterparts to
get the best from education. 

On a slightly different note, I find the use of the term 'piracy'
somewhat disingenuous.  We still very much have real piracy, which is a
nasty and unpleasant crime, and often results in serious injury and
death.  What you're referring to is copyright violation.  I know it's a
bit of a mouthful (or screenful!), but at least it's honest.  

| Mark Kent   --   mark at ellandroad dot demon dot co dot uk  |
The seven year itch comes from fooling around during the fourth, fifth,
and sixth years.

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