Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 29th Jul 2007 19:02 UTC, submitted by flanque
Microsoft "Red Flag Linux has turned out to be little more than a key bargaining chip in a high stakes game of commerce between the Chinese government and the world's largest software maker. Thanks to some major concessions on source code and a precipitous price drop, the Chinese government has now thoroughly embraced Windows and Office. And thanks to a major about-face in the way that it deals with piracy, Microsoft has also won over the Chinese people."
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At last
by Chuck Norris on Tue 31st Jul 2007 01:47 UTC
Chuck Norris
Member since:
2007-03-24

With Windows almost free of charge in China, it's no wonder they got the Chinese to pay their license.

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RE: At last
by zealix on Tue 31st Jul 2007 02:05 in reply to "At last"
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2007-07-30

If Windows is not free for most of us, NOBODY will use it. Because we cannot afford it !

If 90% of the people is not using windows,
then government would not use it.

Then AT LAST MS will charge 0 USD from China.
It's just a trick played by MS to let the windows spreads among people.

The TRUTH is : Before MS let its office spread in China by this trick, everybody was happy with our own word processing software called WPS.

You know what ?
I'd rather the penalty for the crime of copy right violation is "sentence to death" ---- in that way everybody in China is embracing Linux and open source.

And, AT LAST, in that way, we need not waste so much time arguing if Chinese government should pay MS !

Edited 2007-07-31 02:18

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