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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Microsoft wins
by jboy on Mon 12th Feb 2007 17:29 UTC
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I am happened to be ethnic Russian, and the USA citizen for 8 years now. Reading about sending anyone to GULAG nova-days can only make me smile, because the situation is radically different there now, but that's beyond the point.
The point is that for the average user Windows are still preferred. I have Dual-boot setup on my P4 PC with 1 GB of RAM (XP Pro and Ubuntu), but still use Windows almost exclusively. Using Linux on same machine feels like I use an older PC all of a sudden.
Majority apps made for Windows always start MUCH faster, they frequently look and feel better polished, a whole lot of FREE software for Windows available (including excellent security apps). This (but not only this) still makes Windows more attractive option for me and millions of users around the world.

Edited 2007-02-12 17:35

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