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RE: [DotGNU]Re: Open Content Network: Free Software P2P

From: James Mc Parlane
Subject: RE: [DotGNU]Re: Open Content Network: Free Software P2P
Date: Wed, 5 Jun 2002 14:53:03 +1000

Actually the best thing you could do for Microsoft is to pirate MS software
at an early stage of your education.

At any scale, as a student in a '1st world' country or an entire company
computerising in the '3rd world', a few years later you have a base of users
that know and love the MS interface and don't want to change.

If it was impossible to pirate MS software then I believe that good Free/OS
software would prevail. 

So the best thing you could do for free software. Would be to make it harder
to pirate unfree software.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Barry Fitzgerald [mailto:address@hidden
> Sent: Monday, June 03, 2002 2:15 AM
> To: Daniel Carrera
> Cc: address@hidden
> Subject: Re: [DotGNU]Re: Open Content Network: Free Software P2P
> Daniel Carrera wrote:
> > 
> > What is the better thing to do for your fellow man?  Is it 
> to assist in
> > their fooling themselves into thinking that propietary 
> software does not
> > come with strings attached?  Certainly not.
> > 
> Never was a truer word spoken.  This, my friends, may be the 
> ethical and
> operational solution to this argument:
> Don't copy proprietary software for friends because that 
> undermines Free
> Software itself.
> Truly an awesome revelation and proven time and time again all around
> the world as MS has gained dominance by convincing people to 
> ignore the
> EULA and break it to their heart's delight -- that is, until 
> they decide
> to audit you.  Then, the penalty for most is stiff fines and having to
> sign a contract agreeing to purchase X amount of MS software for the
> next Y years.  It is a very difficult cycle to break.
>       -Barry
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