Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 10th Feb 2007 18:24 UTC, submitted by dylansmrjones
In the News Linux is the clear winner out of a dispute between the Russian legal authorities and schools over who should carry the can over the use of pirated Windows software, The Inquirer magazine reports. Rather than attacking mobsters who peddle pirated copies of Windows directly to companies, the Russian coppers decided to lock up a Sepich headmaster who bought hot Windows software which came from Perm region's Capital Construction Administration. Microsoft says that the incident has nothing to do with them, but it appears that Russian schools in the area are so scared about being shipped off to a Siberian Gulag, that they are buying Linux gear instead.
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Not Necessarily a Bad Thing!
by Zero_the_Hero on Sat 10th Feb 2007 19:17 UTC
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I'm sure there are many people in Eastern Europe who would rather use Open Source than face the possibility of being put in a Siberian Gulag. There might just be more to this situation than the article lets on. By using (Gnu/)Linux (or BSD or variants of either) you not only free yourself from the possibility of being jailed, you are also not relying on a foreign (for them) company to provide you with your software and dictate to you how you are allowed to use it and how much you will pay them for the privilege of being able to use their software.

There is the possibility that this switch (however painful it may be for the teachers and students in the short run) may spur a wealth of new software that is specific to that market, and interest some Russian kids in programming or other computer-related activities.

If people try to think outside the box a little bit they may discover that this is not automatically a BAD thing.

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