Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 12th Sep 2010 21:16 UTC
Microsoft Piracy is a big problem for large software vendors licensors like Microsoft. As such, the Redmond giant is undertaking several anti-piracy efforts all over the world, and, of course, it attempts to make its software harder to crack through activation and validation. As The New York Times has discovered, however, the prevalence of pirated Microsoft software in Russia is giving the Russian authorities a pretence to raid the offices of outspoken advocacy groups or opposition media - supported by Microsoft lawyers. Update: Microsoft responds with a blog post that says all the right things, including "Microsoft will create a new unilateral software license for NGOs that will ensure they have free, legal copies of our products."
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More or less shows again how an American company has no interest in the concepts of freedom and democracy, the very things that allowed it to become a company in the first place....

Go Linux....

The irony of this statement is that without the participation of some of these American companies, Linux would not be where it is today.

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ballmerlikesgoogle Member since:

Linux is where it is today because of the GPL, not necessarily because of how an American or any other national company, foundation, or individual has made contributions to Linux kernel (that includes Microsoft)

The GPL is what keeps the companies (and everyone else) in line who use and contribute to the Linux code. Linux would not be what it is today had it not been put under this particular license.

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WorknMan Member since:

Linux would not be what it is today had it not been put under this particular license.

True, but let's face facts - it would also not be where it is without the 'evil American corporations' that either funded, or directly contributed to its development.

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