[linux-elitists] [silk] a copy of windows costs $42725 in india (fwd from rishab@dxm.org)

Eugen Leitl eugen@leitl.org
Fri Dec 5 09:28:09 PST 2003


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From: Rishab Aiyer Ghosh <rishab@dxm.org>
Date: Fri, 05 Dec 2003 18:16:24 +0100
To: silklist@lists.vipul.net, India Gii <india-gii@cpsr.org>
Subject: [silk] a copy of windows costs $42725 in india
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[crosspost apologies]

in preparation for next week's geneva jamboree, the World Summit on the
Information Society, i've prepared a table comparing the $560 cost of a
single windows + office licence to GDP/capita for 176 countries and some
geographical aggregates. in india, GDP/capita is $462 so the licence cost
of windows is 14.5 months of average income, translated into US terms that's
$42725. not surprisingly, the higher this effective cost, the higher the
BSA-estimated piracy rate. for this table and some further argument on the
importance of free software for developing countries (skills development) see
http://firstmonday.org/issues/issue8_12/ghosh/index.html


best,
rishab


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