Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 17th Mar 2007 00:26 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu During my 8 years of Linux on and off usage I have tried more distros than I have chocolate bars. Each one of my previous encounters meant that I had to spend at least 2 days configuring before I have a desktop that I was somewhat comfortable with. With Ubuntu Feisty Fawn's latest test beta --for the first time ever-- this was not the case. I was up and running with all the niceties I wanted within 2 hours.
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Even my version of eXPee is a pirated hacked copy
(and it works well, and takes Auto-Updates!)
My Photoshop is a pirated version...I don't usually pay for Windows software (maybe once or twice,avoiding such whenever possible)

You said in a previous post that you are now finding Ubuntu acceptable. Great news. But I'll bet you would have found previous versions to be acceptable if you had been forced to pay the consequences for all this thievery.

It's unfair to people who *do* abide by software licenses, commercial or non, proprietary or non.

And it is unfair to those software providers that do provide better value to their customers.

Even at the price of $0, how does one compete with software from companies with better marketing machinery in place when the price sensitive part of one's market just steals his competitors' pay for products and gives copies to their friends?

I have little tolerance for this behavior.

And this is one area where both ethical people, who prefer commercial software, and open source advocates like myself can agree. This kind behavior is bad for all of us.

This is a link to the Business Software Alliance's anti-piracy site:

There is a link on the left hand site of that page: "Report Piracy".

From there you can either make a report on line or call the hotline number. (888-NO-PIRACY)

Edited 2007-03-18 14:23

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sadly, that's what happens in Brazil where they sell cheap Linux machines. 4 out of 5 are replaced with a pirated XP copy

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