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Sat Jun 02, 2007 6:56 pm Reply and quote this post
TECH firms constantly moan about software piracy and no wonder. Last year it accounted for 35% of the worldwide market and cost the industry $39.6 billion according to the Business Software Alliance, a trade body.
The Economist wrote:
America and China lead the world in terms of total losses from piracy at $7.2 billion and $5.4 billion respectively. But when calculated according to the number of computers in each country a different picture emerges. Cash-strapped countries dominate the leader board. In Azerbaijan, which comes out on top, computers are loaded with $262-worth of pirated software on average. But Iceland is the surprise second-placed nation: although software to the tune of $32m is pirated it is spread over only a few computers.


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Sun Jun 03, 2007 2:27 pm Reply and quote this post
Well, if they would lower their prices a bit that would cut piracy a bit too. But hey, there are cost free alternatives too.. Use Linux for your everyday work and you can be safer. There are no virii and very good security. The reason people keep Windows and pirate the programs used therein is lazyness or stupidity. The reason i say that is because almost all new machines are sold with Windows and nobody knows or cares that there is an alternative. Yes it is intimidating to learn a OS from the ground up, but so was Windows the first time they sat down before a PC. And so is learning how to drive a car for some. Anyone can learn to use an alternative OS if they want to.
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Mon Jun 04, 2007 1:11 am Reply and quote this post
It's not quite that simple. After coding Ubuntu for several years you really start to appreciate the Microsoft system a lot. And Microsoft is the easiest to use bar none. Some people barely know how to turn a computer on, how are  you going to learn Ubuntu, or Fedora without knowing how to use Windows very well?

And it's also an error in the way of software, almost no software is available for use by Linux, anything that is is freeware, but nothing like as good as their Windows counterparts.

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Tue Jun 05, 2007 4:24 pm Reply and quote this post
It doesn't surprise me that america is one of the leaders in piracy. I mean... who doesn't love free stuff? Music, Apps, Games? Come on. With America being a big nation, it makes since as well.
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