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[News] Microsoft Squeezed the Goose, So Dealers Learn GNU/Linux

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Tirupur Association trains members on Linux

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| Microsoft's efforts to stop piracy, many times, result in raids and arrests. 
| Last year, we even saw the computer dealers in Gujarat protesting against the 
| company's rampant raids. But, Tirupur IT Association (TITA) showed a new way 
| to dealers by introducing them to open source software. The association 
| recently organized a two-day training program in Linux desktop and server 
| administration for its members.     
| [...]
| "The training is not to counterfeit Microsoft. There are customers who always 
| insist on free operating system and software. In that case we recommend 
| dealers to install Linux, if the customer is not ready to buy licensed 
| software," explains K Babu, General Secretary, TITA.   


Fight 'piracy' harder, Microsoft. Harder.


Indian dealers are squealers over Microsoft piracy raids

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| The resellers have also planned boycotts against Microsoft.
|                                 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| Those participating in the strike agreed to stop all purchases
| of Microsoft products for this quarter.


India can live without Microsoft 

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| More than 6,500 Linux systems have already been packed off to
| villages and another 6,100 Acer desktop systems with Suse on
| their way.
| Umashankar said that more than 20,000 desktop systems will be
| installed in schools that will only run on Suse. All ELCOT
| servers will run on Redhat. ELCOT expects to train 30,000
| government officials in Linux and Open Office too.


Kerala On Linux Express Highway

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| The Linux slip-road that the state took is slowly becoming an
| express highway.
| [...]
| If we twist Napoleon's quote on China a bit, we can safely say, "Linux is a 
| sleeping giant, let it sleep, because when Linux moves the world moves!"


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]

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