September 11, 2001

A healthy, helpful epidemic

Author: JT Smith

Linux Journal: "Then I got to thinking. Many people pick commercial software because, well, it is easy to steal. It gets marketed, so they know it exits. Then they find
someone or somewhere that they can "borrow" it from.

Another data point was from El Salvador. There used to be two Linux users registered with the Linux Counter. Microsoft did a license crack-down
and the number jumped to 141.

If commercial software vendors did their job better--that is, enforced their licensing--it could help the free software movement a lot. We owe it to the
computer users of the world to stop complaining about restrictive licenses for Microsoft software, and get on with the development of open solutions."

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