Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Techcentral runs this story about people in Malaysia buying pre-loaded linux boxes from the vendor, only to run pirated versions of Windows when they get home. Same is true here in India, where i have seen multiple instances where people bought a preloaded linux box, which costs less by about Rs 3000 (~$60), when compared to a windows box, and then quickly installing WinXP as soon as they got home. As long as piracy rules and linux does not give a similar out-of-the-box experience as Windows, most of the linux desktop adoption numbers will not make much sense.

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