Pirated Software — A problem for Free Software

According to ZD Net, Free Software (Linux et al.) may need to be worried about pirated copies of commercial software.  Apparently your average user would prefer to run an illegally obtained copy of a commercial application than run legitimately free software.  There’s an interesting discussion on this here.  My thinking: it doesn’t matter.  Linux isn’t terribly concerned (yet) about home market share: the business place is where it really excels.  The lack of games and completely legal MP3/DVD/etc. implementations is a bigger hindrance to Linux at home than the availability of pirated copies of Windows.

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2 Responses to Pirated Software — A problem for Free Software

  1. robhogg says:

    I do think it is a concern for the Linux community, if we care about market share at all. If someone who

  2. robhogg says:

    I do think it is a concern for the Linux community, if we care about market share at all. If someone who is not able or prepared to pay for a legal copy of Windows, uses a pirated copy instead, it means that his or her IT skills will be in using Windows, and reinforces the impression that Windows is necessary in order to be able to use a computer. On the other hand, if the person is directed towards Linux, it will build up the pool of people with *nix skills. In turn, if a significant proportion of a company’s employees already have Linux skill from home use, the company is more likely to consider a roll-out of Linux on the desktop.

    I also think that a large user community is one of the things that will protect the Free Software movement.

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