The Indian PC Landscape
Officially, the percentage of Indians paying money for the software they use is about 25 per cent (www.thehindubusinessline.com/ 2006/03/30/stries/2006033003470400.htm). It is “normal” for Indians to pay for the PC hardware and expect it to come with all the required software. Either deliberately or due to ignorance, PC buyers pirate software and are for the most part unaware of the illegal nature of their actions.
While many argue that the price of licensed software is the main reason for piracy in India, this excuse cannot be used as a fig leaf by any self-respecting Indian. There are two ways to redeem ourselves: either pay for the software on the PC–and this could total up to almost the cost of the hardware–or turn to Open Source Software (OSS).