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September 20, 2007 by

Is the road to Moscow paved with good intentions?

Ostensibly, the decision by the Russian government to develop their own Linux-based OS to be used by all of their schoolchildren, is a move to stop piracy of Microsoft Windows. I am skeptical that they have such good intentions.

October 4, 2006 by

A Vista kill switch would be good for Linux

There seems to be a lot of talk about a potential kill switch in Windows Vista, but that would be very good news for Linux and open source adoption in most of the world and perhaps even college campuses.  The tighter the anti-piracy controls on Microsoft software is, the wider the adoption of Linux.

July 28, 2005 by

Is Microsoft driving freeloaders to Linux?

commentary Is this the week Microsoft finally got serious about fighting piracy -- and could its efforts cost Redmond business?Redmond's decision to mandate a piracy check for all customers who want to download add-ons for Windows XP -- excluding security patches -- is designed to check what the company regards as rampant illicit use of its software.

October 1, 2004 by

Aust open source body lashes Gartner analysis

Open source lobby group Open Source Industry Australia (OSIA) has lashed out at Gartner analyst Annette Jump's claim that pre-installing Linux on PCs encourages piracy of Windows.OSIA spokesperson Steven D'Aprano said Jump's findings were "extremely dubious" and the analyst's logic was " problematic at best and farcical at worst," since there was no fully specified methodology and a presentation of all raw numbers and polling methods.

May 21, 2000 by

Linux leaders: Stay away from Napster

Leaders of the "open source" software movement have a message that some of their followers may not want to hear: Beware of Napster. "Piracy is bad," says Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, when asked about the matter.


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