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Re: [Fsfe-uk] [Fwd: [discuss] OOo and Linux OUTSELLS Microsoft in Thaila

From: Ramanan Selvaratnam
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] [Fwd: [discuss] OOo and Linux OUTSELLS Microsoft in Thailand!]
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2003 21:24:21 +0100
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Hello Paul,

Been away on a long break and cannot believe the amount of mails I have gotten into!

First a big thank you for posting those AFFS leaflets to Edinburgh.
After letting them organically distribute themselves from a pile I collected 40 back (out of 75).

Paul wrote:

[discuss] OOo and Linux OUTSELLS Microsoft in Thailand!

Dunno whether you are aware of it but Thailand is the capital of software piracy. It looks to me that this is a comparision of the M$ products *legally* bought vs the free systems against this backgroud. Unfortunately Linux is still largely unheard of in Thailand even with another large schools based project I am aware of.

(About two years ago I had a friend who had a friend return from Thailand with about 50 CDs all literally bought off the pavement for dirt cheap as he put it....all M$ products and the other usually expensive software pushed into the PC of the standard 'home user' ...amusingly he even had a along with incomplete and outdated Mandrake and RedHat CDs as it was all part of the bundle :-))))

Christian Einfeldt <address@hidden>
Mon, 18 Aug 2003 16:07:43 -0700
address@hidden, address@hidden

Here it is, boys and girls, the tipping point. Gandhi Con 4. (First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win).

In at least one market, Thailand, FLOSS has forced MS to actually compete for sales ON THE DESKTOP!!! See the Wall Street Journal article below from Thursday, August 14, page B1.


Microsoft Discounts Software In Thailand to Battle Linux In Cheap Computer Sales



FACTORY worker Chom Booncharoen doesn't know much about e-mail or the
Internet. But he jumped recently at the chance to buy a cheap computer
through a spcial program created by Thailand's government. His new machine runs on free Linux software instead of the Microsoft Corp. software that powers most computers world-wide. "I pay by cash," says Mr. Chom, 56 years old, gazing approvingly at the slick new machine sitting in his living room, beneath two photos of Thailand's king and queen. Mr. Chom's two-story house, off an alley in a Bangkok suburb,

This does not seem to tally against the localisation statistics for Thai in GNOME and probably KDE too.

seems anunlikely place for a high-stakes battle in the war for software market share. Yet Mr. Chom's participation in the new Thai computerprogram which has sent about 50,000 PCs to ordinary citizens so far and aims to deliver a million by the end of next year-highlights the potential for free, "open source" software like Linux to spread in the developing world.

Maybe the Thai government is better than ours on this but they could do better by actively promoting localisation.

Maybe the Thai new millenium is to come very soon when the King will open the new M$ headquarters.

I am very sure that in developing countries the desktop is asking to be taken over by free software and I wish this happens ASAP but there are other really big opportunities that can do with more help from us (AFFS) too.

For *an* example (please read Freeware as free software)


Best wishes,


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