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Software Piracy Hurts Linux Adoption, Research Finds

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New research suggests that software piracy has a detrimental effect on the adoption of Linux desktop operating systems. Piracy is one of the reasons why Windows has been able to maintain its dominant market position, making open source alternatives "forgotten victims" of copyright infringement.


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In a paper titled “Software Piracy and Linux Adoption” Gramstad examines the relationship between local software piracy rates (based on BSA’s data) and the use of Linux as a desktop operating system, while controlling for potentially interfering factors such as the gross domestic product per capita and local anti-piracy efforts.

This results in a model which predicts that more people would use Linux if software piracy in general was less prevalent in a country.


“I find that an increase in the piracy rate by 1% in a country is expected reduce the user share of Linux by around 0.5%. Although there is some level of uncertainty on the exact estimate, the direction is negative with a high level of statistical certainty,” Gramstad explains to TorrentFreak.

 

Makes sense if you ask me: if someone REALLY needs something for free, he would choose Linux if it wasn't for the possibilty to use pirated versions of Windows.

 

Source: https://torrentfreak.com/software-piracy-hurts-linux-adoption-research-finds-160221/

 


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i dont think so...

its not like 50% of the windows userbase are pirates or something lol

 

most people just dont like linux, or cant use linux for what they need


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4 minutes ago, Enderman said:

i dont think so...

its not like 50% of the windows userbase are pirates or something lol

 

most people just dont like linux, or cant use linux for what they need

I think more than 50%

I dont think there is a single legit copy of windows that doesnt come from a laptop in the middle east


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sooo... What you are saying is that it is a GOOD thing for Microsoft if I pirate windows:/?

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Just now, RagnarokDel said:

Or Windows is superior and people would probably prefer catching herpes to using Linux.

Brilliant, I suggest you contact a scientific paper and publish your story.


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I wouldn't use Linux even if pirating windows wasn't an option... I'd just buy Windows (which is what I already do), because I'm a gamer and while there's more and more games being released on Linux, the games I generally play aren't. And from my experience with Linux and WINE, it's not good enough to replace Windows just yet.

 

That and the fact that Linux is just more complicated to use than Windows, because you WILL need to use the Terminal sooner or later. Every time I tried Linux(last time was just before Windows 10 came out), I was forced to use the terminal within an hour to either install something or change something, for a regular user that's too much.
Until Linux can be used without ever needing to use the Terminal, it ain't gonna go mainstream.

 

tl;dr : Piracy doesn't hurt Linux adoption, Linux itself does.


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31 minutes ago, IsaacDaGrazin said:

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people use Linux not for pirated :/ mostly for servers and powerusers :P so I highly doubt theres that one guy using pirated software on his server

 

i don't think you understood it.  they say people don't use linux because they pirate windows instead, so pirated windows hurts linux.


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people pirate windows cause they prefer it and can use it easily

linux is WAYYYY to fragmented OS for the average user

 


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I think one of the real reasons windows is still dominant is that when it fucks up its easier to fix, or find someone that can fix it, than linux is....Good luck in finding someone fix your linux install when it refuses to boot and you need the data from it. 


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8 minutes ago, SamStrecker said:

I was talking to a classmate about my kodi server and I said it is a linux distro and right after I said that everyone was like only hackers use that what are you doing

Most people who aren't technologically adept automatically assume Linux is a hacker OS, because hackers stereotypically use it. It's sad.


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20 minutes ago, SamStrecker said:

I was talking to a classmate about my kodi server and I said it is a linux distro and right after I said that everyone was like only hackers use that what are you doing

^this.

 

Ignorance, and corporate greed are the predominating factors in the lack of Linux adoption.

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2 hours ago, thekeemo said:

I think more than 50%

I dont think there is a single legit copy of windows that doesnt come from a laptop in the middle east

Pretty sure OEMs install genuine Windows.


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Just now, Castdeath97 said:

Pretty sure OEMs install genuine Windows.

Which is why I mentioned the laptops.


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How is this not a chicken an egg argument: Is Linux under used because of piracy on Windows or is Windows piracy prevalent because of the underused, unfriendly nature (or at least unfriendly reputation) of Linux?

 

There never has been and (imho) there's still isn't a windows equivalent on Linux: it's still plagued by software and hardware incompatibilities, gaming is still in it's infancy because of said hardware driver issues and it's just overall pretty different.

 

Or in other words and a tl:dr version: No, look at OSX


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Yeah, sure. Make all versions of Windows piracy-proof and the market share distribution will be the same: Windows all, Linux and Mac almost nothing.

 

Most Linux distros have a weird interface and look like Windows XP or worse and all of them are just an attempt at a skin on top of the main feature of Linux - the terminal. Mac OS X is (pardon me Linux lovers) the only good "distro" (yeah, I know it's mostly it's own thing, but it's based on UNIX). People want Windows because it's fairly easy to use and because it offers something that doesn't really exist on Linux - GAMES!

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3 hours ago, patrick3027 said:

China doesn't really count because their copyright laws are extremely fucking bad. As in worse than United States copyright laws.


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Linux doesn't offer a lot of software that is needed for many people's jobs (also for entertainment too, i.e games) and it is overall more difficult and requires more involvement and computer knowledge than both OS X and Windows. That's the main reason why people don't use Linux.

 

Yeah yeah I know this year is the "Year of the Linux Desktop" and that Linux Mint and Ubuntu is so easy to use that your 90 year old nan uses it. We've all heard that story before.


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2 hours ago, Misanthrope said:

How is this not a chicken an egg argument: Is Linux under used because of piracy on Windows or is Windows piracy prevalent because of the underused, unfriendly nature (or at least unfriendly reputation) of Linux?

 

There never has been and (imho) there's still isn't a windows equivalent on Linux: it's still plagued by software and hardware incompatibilities, gaming is still in it's infancy because of said hardware driver issues and it's just overall pretty different.

 

Or in other words and a tl:dr version: No, look at OSX

Linux isn't unfriendly, it's un-supported by most companies. Because "why would we support a platform where we can't make as much money"?

 

Want to fix Linux adoption? Get behind a bill to force all public schools to use and teach Linux and not Windows or Apple. There's actually a legal argument to be made there. "We can no longer teach Windows or iOS because they are both FOR profit corporations, and government is not supposed to pick winners and losers when it comes to businesses".

 

So, the obvious legal recourse is for all public schools to use and teach Linux.

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12 minutes ago, Trik'Stari said:

Linux isn't unfriendly, it's un-supported by most companies. Because "why would we support a platform where we can't make as much money"?

 

Want to fix Linux adoption? Get behind a bill to force all public schools to use and teach Linux and not Windows or Apple. There's actually a legal argument to be made there. "We can no longer teach Windows or iOS because they are both FOR profit corporations, and government is not supposed to pick winners and losers when it comes to businesses".

 

So, the obvious legal recourse is for all public schools to use and teach Linux.

My college, at least, has taught me both Windows and Linux classes. Two classes now we've even used Windows and Linux side-by-side. Now if only that could happen in general education, too.


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