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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).


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3 Responses

  1. ram says:

    Hi,

    Where can I get the OSS(Open Source Softwares)?.If you have any idea.plz let us know….

    Thanks…

  2. admin says:

    Lot of people don’t know that they have to buy the operating system. They get the Windows CD from friends and never think that doing so is illegal.

    The best alternative is Ubuntu, which works out of box. But, “change” is something that we resist and people think that operating system means Windows.

  3. admin says:

    What browser you use for net surfing? If it is Firefox, then you are already using open source software.

    Browse through these sites for good open source applications

    http://www.opensourcewindows.org/
    http://www.webi.org/
    http://www.osalt.com/

    For free operating system, you can rely on Ubuntu, PCLinuxOS, etc. Just Google the words “linux distro for newbies”

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