"Microsoft initially encouraged piracy to make its operating system popular [...] A united channel front would threaten Microsoft's hold and might lead resellers in India to push Linux"
Monday, March 5, 2007
Microsoft's Drug Dealer Model
It seems as though Sergio Amadeu was pretty on point, at least according to some in the Indian IT community. With immense anti-piracy pressure coming down on the Indian equivalent of Silicon Valley (called the IT channel community of Amritsar and Jalandhar) , many are attempting to push the Indian computer market away from MSoft and towards a Linux-based system. The article specifically addresses a perceived double-standard within the community, and its severe backlash against Microsoft: