[linux-elitists] [silk] a copy of windows costs $42725 in india (fwd from firstname.lastname@example.org)
Karsten M. Self
Sun Dec 7 04:03:53 PST 2003
on Sun, Dec 07, 2003 at 12:46:10PM +0100, Eugen Leitl (email@example.com) wrote:
> On Sat, Dec 06, 2003 at 05:42:22PM -0600, D. Joe Anderson wrote:
> > If everybody pirates their stuff or uses something else, then
> > that collapses, but last I checked, there were at least a few
> > people that actually do pay them for licenses here and there.
> I don't remember the source, but it seems Office was the only
> money-maker, everything else being a slight loss.
> I'm seeing lots of OpenOffice installs on new machines
> being sold nowadays. There are no software patents in the EU,
> so you can't patent a document format, so here's a migration
> path to open systems.
> Online activation is a very powerful means to combat piracy,
> so while this brings in some extra revenue it forces people
> to use alternatives. Proprietary software vendors in a monopoly
> position can't afford online activation on the long run as long
> as prices stay high.
ObPlug: I've been calling this one for years:
On Software "Piracy", Lies, BSA, Microsoft, Rocks, and Hard Penguins
I've seen discussions suggesting that in a poor but growing economy,
even pirate sales are a benefit to the vendor. Software, like
heroin, is addictive. Once a user is hooked on a specific brand,
costs of switching, even if non-economic, are high. Legitimate
software, while an income stream, is also a liability for support,
warrantee returns, and related servicing costs. Pirated software is
unsupported, and does not bear this liability.
Even in western countries, many people adopt a "try before buy"
attitude to software, and may sample a product illegally before
actually purchasing it. Additionally, I strongly question whether
any significant portion of US pirated software would have been sold
at current market conditions.
A Rock and a....
Finally, with the growing popularity and proven performance of free
and open software alternatives, commercial software vendors may not
have a competitive choice but to allow rampant pirating of their
products, simply to gain a market position, however non-profitable
it may be. In Redmond's eyes, a million pirated installs of Windows
NT may still be preferable to a million installs of Linux.
I'd say they're stuck between a rock and hard penguin.
Karsten M. Self <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://kmself.home.netcom.com/
What Part of "Gestalt" don't you understand?
Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little
temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
- Benjamin Franklin, 1755
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