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Jan 26 2008   10:23PM GMT

Overheard: Piracy hurting open source movement in China

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

firefox2.gif In China, the open-source movement is having a harder time gaining traction because of widespread software piracy. With pirated copies of Windows XP or Vista selling on the street for less than $2, there is little economic incentive for Chinese Internet users to download Firefox.

Bill Xu, founder of the ZEUUX Free Software Community, a Beijing group that promotes open source, points out that for Firefox to succeed in China, it shouldn’t compete on cost but by stressing its security features.

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