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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Harasses Russian Man Over Perpetuation of Windows "Addiction"

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Harasses Russian Man Over Perpetuation of Windows "Addiction"
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 30 May 2008 17:40:53 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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South Russia court sentences businessman for Microsoft piracy

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| A court in south Russia's Astrakhan Region has given a three-year suspended 
| sentence to a local businessman who traded pirated Microsoft software, the 
| regional prosecutor's office said on Thursday.  


Suddenly Microsoft dislikes 'piracy' in Russia. Might this be because sales of
Windows sank 24%? IBM is a nasty one too...

Russia: legal action vs IBM

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| The investigation committee at the RF Ministry of the Interior considers the 
| possibility to initiate a legal action against the IMB Company. The issue is  
| of equipment procurement to the Russian Pension Fund in 2006. The company is 
| charged with arranging a chain of front organizations and embezzlement of 
| margins for the RF Pension Fund.   

[News] [Rival] Microsoft Harasses Russian Man Over Perpetuation of
Windows "Addiction"


Russian schools abandon Windows after piracy scare 

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| Microsoft says that the incident has nothing to do with them, but it 
| appears that Russian schools in the area are so scared about being shipped 
| off to a Siberian Gulag, that they are buying Linux gear instead.
| [..]
| According to Karpushin, schools would start using freely distributed
| software like the Linux OS, Russky office and Open office desktop apps,
| Ekho Moskvi reports.


Linux Education in America: Inspiration from Russia?

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| The reason that the Russian announcement is funny boils down to the 
| perception over the years that Russia equates to totalitarianism, whilst here 
| in America we're all about Freedom and innovation. Yet our educational 
| system -- the very underpinnings of how we're growing out future 
| technological talent, is based upon the inversion of what one would expect 
| given the respective reputations of both countries.     


Armada hands over 10,000 free school software distributives through internet

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| ‘According to the government contract we should provide no less than 50% of 
| urban and 20% of rural schools with free software up to the end of 2008 in 
| three Russian regions: the republic of Tatarstan, Perm and Tomsk Regions, - 
| says Igor Gorbatov, deputy director general of Armada.   


Microsoft Happy with the Evolution of Windows Vista Piracy

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| But the truth is that Microsoft is happy with the way Windows Vista
| piracy is evolving. Is there a catch to this? No. The fact of the
| matter is that Windows Vista has delivered a heavy blow to
| software counterfeiters. The reason for this is the new Windows
| Genuine Advantage security mechanism integrated into the
| operating system.
| You may not notice this on the surface. On the surface, the
| Internet is crawling with Windows Vista cracks, hacks and
| workarounds. On the surface, every Windows Vista edition has
| been cracked and is available for download via peer-to-peer 
| networks. But this is not the true extent of Windows Vista piracy.


Governments Must Reject Gates' $3 Bid to Addict Next Billion PC Users 

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| "Microsoft's strategy of getting developing nations hooked on its
| software was clearly outlined by Bill Gates almost a decade ago," said
| Con Zymaris, CEO of long-standing open source firm Cybersource. 
| Specifically, Bill Gates, citing China as an example, said:
|   "Although about 3 million computers get sold every year in China, but
|   people don't pay for the software," he said. "Someday they will, though.
|   As long as they are going to steal it, we want them to steal ours.
|   They'll get sort of addicted, and then we'll somehow figure out how to
|   collect sometime in the next decade."[1]


Microsoft seals its Windows and opens the door to Linux

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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.


What about selling free software

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| Gervase Markham, the Mozilla Foundation's licensing officer, in an
| article in the Times Online, talks about being questioned by a
| northern UK Trading License Officer about giving away software.
| The trading officer was concerned by a group that was burning the
| free Mozilla Browser on CDs and selling it.

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