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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Dedicates Day to Its Best Customers: Infringers

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Microsoft’s new “Global Anti-Piracy Day” must have Linux users laughing

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| It was only last week on the 14th of October that Microsoft Australia took 
| some pirates to court, filing proceedings “in the Federal Magistrates Court 
| for copyright infringement against three individuals trading online.”  


Microsoft (MSFT) is down 5.5% today. On Thursday it'll try 'cooking' a report
that hides its fast demise. It might even blame "pirates", whom it loves very
much (proof below).


Microsoft's $3 software is a cheap stunt

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| But one UK charity boss says the offer of cheap software is
| meaningless without any machines to run it on. "Without the
| hardware it's like donating the tyres but not the tractor," said
| Tony Roberts, CEO of Computer Aid International. "Currently
| the price of a new PC in developing countries is GBP600. That's
| higher than the average annual income per head in countries
| such as Malawi [GBP300] and Zambia [GBP500]."


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]


Microsoft Happy with the Evolution of Windows Vista Piracy

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| But the truth is that Microsoft is happy with the way Windows Vista
| piracy is evolving. Is there a catch to this? No. The fact of the
| matter is that Windows Vista has delivered a heavy blow to
| software counterfeiters. The reason for this is the new Windows
| Genuine Advantage security mechanism integrated into the
| operating system.
| You may not notice this on the surface. On the surface, the
| Internet is crawling with Windows Vista cracks, hacks and
| workarounds. On the surface, every Windows Vista edition has
| been cracked and is available for download via peer-to-peer
| networks. But this is not the true extent of Windows Vista piracy.


Adobe targets school kids to get them hooked on software

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| Adobe is where the 'apps' are manufactured. These apps that have the
| power to make images appear before our children's eyes. "There were
| all these, like, stars, and they were rotating. It really captured
| my attention," said Nigel, 14, hardly more than a child, but with
| the vacant expression of a man who has spent hours looking at a
| screen. Nigel has now discovered he needs glasses.


$3 Windows a threat to Linux?

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| Meanwhile, in the embedded market, Microsoft attempted to counter
| the low costs of using embedded Linux with a $3 Windows CE licensing
| program launched back in 2003.


The real cost of $3 Windows

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| On that day, the Ubuntu home page was replaced with a bare page
| under a headline that read "Ubuntu 7.04 - Well Done."
| There were just two sentences under the headline: "Thank you to
| everyone who has helped make Ubuntu 7.04 a reality. Thousands of
| you have helped code, test, translate and promote Ubuntu and
| everyone can celebrate today's release."

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