* Roy Schestowitz fired off this tart reply:

> China's Linux desktop market booms
> http://www.linux.com/feature/122473
> Market share of GNU/Linux desktops at well over 10%. What would the WinTrolls
> say?

They'd read a bit further and try to laugh:

Despite its rapid growth, China's Linux desktop software industry
faces some problems. Piracy is still an issue. Using pirated Windows
can be easier and cheaper than using a Linux desktop OS. Zhen
Zhongyuan, vice president of Red Flag, says that China's Linux
desktop market would increase as a "geometric series" every time
piracy decreases 1%.

The high uninstall rate of the Linux desktop OS also diminishes
actual growth. According to CCW Research, 31.9% of Chinese users
uninstall their Linux desktop OS after buying a computer with it
included. Some computer retailers themselves uninstall it and install
pirated Windows instead if buyers ask for it. Retailers and personal
users are more inclined to uninstall it than industry users, who
seldom uninstall it because their industry software runs on it.

Additionally, the low-cost advantage of Linux desktop software is
diminishing. Microsoft has taken a more flexible pricing tack in the
Chinese market, offering increasingly better discounts for Chinese
computer producers. An anonymous executive of a Chinese computer
producer says that his company considered using the Linux desktop OS
at the beginning of this year, but eventually went with Windows
because Microsoft didn't charge much more than the service fee of
Linux companies. He suggested this could be looked at as a victory
for Linux, as it had forced Microsoft to lower its price.

> Microsoft Happy with the Evolution of Windows Vista Piracy
> ,----[ Quote ]
>| But the truth is that Microsoft is happy with the way Windows Vista
>| piracy is evolving. Is there a catch to this? No. The fact of the
>| matter is that Windows Vista has delivered a heavy blow to
>| software counterfeiters. The reason for this is the new Windows
>| Genuine Advantage security mechanism integrated into the
>| operating system.
> `----
> http://news.softpedia.com/news/Micro...cy-50577.shtml

Tux rox!