World Summit on the Information Society

MJ Ray markj at
Sat Mar 15 11:39:04 UTC 2003

Imran William Smith <imran at> wrote:
> Of course, many argue that precisely in developing countries, price
> is not the issue, since piracy of proprietary software is so
> rampant.  Particularly, that applies to the home user.  Businesses
> are occasionally raided here for software piracy, but private
> homes never are.  So there's very little incentive for the home
> user to clean up his/her act and move to OSS.
Maybe the main incentive to offer these people is the ability to fix
and adapt the software to do the tasks that they need to do?  That,
and the ability to study the software design in detail, to give them
new useful skills for the future.

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