Earlier this week, we wrote about how Mikhail Gorbachev was publicly asking Microsoft to drop charges against a school head teacher who was arrested and faces Siberian imprisonment for purchasing computers for his school that apparently had pirated copies of Windows. Microsoft responded saying that they wouldn't do anything, and it was all up to the police. We pointed out how short-sighted this was, especially considering that schools are where many students first get hooked on software like Windows -- which they'll later buy. However, the decision is looking even worse now. Yehuda Berlinger writes in to point out that Russian schools are now looking to drop Windows and switch to Linux simply to avoid facing the same Siberian imprisonment -- since they don't know if the computers they buy have legitimate copies of Windows or counterfeit ones. It's difficult to see how this is anything but harmful to Microsoft.
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