[rescue] Ubiquity of Windows in BRIC - was Re: VirtualBox anecdotes - was Re: A wee bit off-topic

Toby Thain toby at telegraphics.com.au
Mon Jun 22 09:02:12 CDT 2015

On 2015-06-22 9:25 AM, Lionel Peterson wrote:
> ...
> In China, India, and Russia, where you claim Windows is effectively 'free'
> (due to rampant piracy), people still choose Windows over other, equally free
> operating systems like Linux... So the reason windows is so popular in those
> countries can't be price alone, but also *perceived* value/functionality of
> windows vs. linux.

A tempting theory, but not really true. I've visited three of the four 
BRIC. Windows is indeed rampant there, but certainly not due to merit or 
any kind of educated comparison. As a result of the ubiquity of Windows 
in Brazil there is an massive domestic industry of black hat work.

Most of its users -- and everyone they know -- have only ever heard of, 
or seen, Windows. Which was billg's intention, if we remember the famous 

They are simply not exposed to anything else.


> Didn't I recently read at slashdot ...
> Lionel
> On Jun 22, 2015, at 2:54 AM, microcode at zoho.com wrote:
>>> As you look at a map of the world, the most
>>> populous countries (China, Russia, India, USA) are majority Windows users.
>> Uh, yeah but that's because the people in the first three countries get
> free
>> copies and the people in the last country get to pay for a copy of it (but
>> not the actual media) on every "computer" they buy whether they want it or
>> not.
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