Piracy in Asia
Posted Oct 23, 2003 12:10 UTC (Thu) by fergal
Parent article: No More Free Beer?
It is interesting to note that cheap illegal copies of LindowsOS and Xandros have reportedly been spotted on the streets of Thailand and other Asian countries, right next to pirated Microsoft products.
Last year, in the dodgy software shops in China you could get Windows, Redhat, Suse, Mandrake etc all at the same price (about 30 euro cent per cd). The funny thing was that when there was a police raid (with plenty of advance notice of course!) all of the software was hidden away, including Redhat and Mandrake! I had to come back the next day to get my CDs. If my Chinese ever gets good enough, I might try explaining the GPL to them...
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