“The estimates predict that a 1% increase in the piracy rate in a given country is expected to result in a reduction of Linux user shares in the area of 0.5-0.65% depending on the model specification. Taking the estimates literally, removal of piracy (i.e., reduction of 100%) is expected to increase the share of Linux users by 50-65%. However, given the fairly low share of Linux users globally, the effect is more limited in absolute terms. If we take the estimates literally for all ranges of piracy rates, then for the average country with a 1% Linux user share, abolishing piracy would increase the Linux share to around 1.5-1.65%.”
See Software Piracy and Linux Adoption by Arne RogdeI’m not sure the authour’s numbers are correct but his arguments are persuasive. That Other OS competes with GNU/Linux on price when it’s available as an illegal copy. He also corrects for effects of personal income and local Internet bandwidth. Obviously there is a significant effect but it pales into insignificance compared to the brutal lock-in M$ uses. Even the poor or remote people may feel that lock-in as they struggle to keep up with the Joneses. Just try buying a PC with GNU/Linux for instance. What’s on retail shelves is scarcely affected by wealth or bandwidth or remoteness.
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My MissionMy observations and opinions about IT are based on 40 years of use in science and technology and lately, in education. I like IT that is fast, cost-effective and reliable. My first use of GNU/Linux in 2001 was so remarkably better than what I had been using, I feel it is important work to share GNU/Linux with the world. Now that I'm retired I still use GNU/Linux on every computer in my home except the smartphones which run Android/Linux.
Lately, I've been giving lots of thought to the world I inherited and which I will leave to my descendants. I'm planting grass, trees, flowers and vegetables in my large lot and I've ordered a Solo EV. I plan to charge my Solo by means of a tracking solar array. Life is good if you have a purpose. I do.