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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Software Piracy Hurts Linux Popularity

Software Piracy Hurts Linux Popularity

Software Piracy Hurts Linux Popularity

Added: Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2016
The recent research found out that software piracy is responsible for slow adoption of Linux desktop OS. The logic is as follows: piracy helped Microsoft Windows maintain its dominant market position, thus making open source alternatives like Linux "forgotten victims" of copyright violation.


Windows has always been one of the most widely pirated items in the world. Although it costs the company millions in lost revenue, its competitors are being hurt as well, because the growing popularity of Windows (no matter genuine of pirated) largely decreases the adoption of desktop Linux distributions. The research suggests that more people would use Linux if software piracy in general was less prevalent: the calculations showed that an increase in the piracy rate by 1% is expected to reduce the user share of Linux by around 0.5%. Anyway, the direction is negative with a high level of statistical certainty.

In other words, if all piracy was to disappear the number of Linux users would increase by 50%. Some may think that it’s an impressive number, but in reality the relative impact is modest, because in most countries Linux is used by only 1% of desktop users, and this move would increase their number to 1.5%.

So, the research basically brings up an interesting issue, suggesting that Microsoft’s dominant position is actually reinforced through piracy that it fights. While it is unclear how other external factors may influence the relationship between piracy and Linux adoption, the researchers are confident that the direction of the results is stable. Of course, this won’t change the way Microsoft treats piracy, but still the results of the research show that the effect of software piracy is not always as straightforward as one would think.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

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Date:  Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Comments (16) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2016-02-23 13:45:36)
ZombieTux avatarNo...
Low pourcentage of users...
The main reson is ignorence.
People hear that linux is for geeks, they dont know how freindly user it is...
They buy a computer with windows preinstall and struggle with it.
They dont know or try linux, that is just ignorance.
Also the salesman telling you your garantee is void if you install linux..
Knowing... I bet linux desktop users would increase at least 15%....

posted by (2016-02-23 14:37:26)
No avatarused to think linux was difficult then got a desktop that had a linux os found it really ok to use and honestly like it better than most microsoft os i've had, as for the issue of piracey found that most of the software you would get under a windows os can be found for linux - or ones that provide a similar function.

really think that if people tried linux they would be less likely to return to microsoft, especially windows 10 - which i dislike even more than i did windows 8, and i never thought that was possible. The linux desktop i now mainly use is for my purposes just better and easier to use.

microsoft has a much more aggressive advertising policy than linux, if only more business users realised the potential cost benefits of using linux os then the percentage of people using it would increase way more than any possible damage caused by piracey.

posted by (2016-02-23 15:58:43)
No avatarIs there a way of trying Linux before you download the whole system

posted by (2016-02-23 17:47:05)
vapourtrail avatarTo steve2uok yes you can download a "live" ubuntu ISO that will let you run ubuntu without installing it....its also possible with the same ISO to install ubuntu onto a PC already running windows in a "dual boot" setup that will let you choose windows or ubuntu on startup...if your thinking of trying linux ubuntu is probably the most user friendly, however a word of caution despite everyone here being enthusiastic you may find it a bit frustrating at first it doesn`t come with all the whistles and bells your probably used to, and yes, most of the "community" have their heads up their backsides and can be quite patronising when asked questions by a noob...(believe me I`ve been there!), but if you stick with it its okay

posted by (2016-02-23 19:35:07)
No avatarI have used Windows since my school days. I am really interested in trying Linux, but will a noob like me understand its GUI? Moreover what's the difference between linux and ubuntu?

posted by ModeratorTrue LoveGirl (2016-02-23 20:15:33)
SiLvErDuSt avatarUbuntu is just a flavour of Linux.Many are available including Debian,mint,Fedora,centos etc.
As Vapour pointed out a Live iso will allow you to try(and then install if you like).Your machine will run faster and a lot smoother.
If anyone has any questions i will make a thread in the forums.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanmen (2016-02-23 20:57:33)
analogkid6103 avatarIt is to bad, I tried it once but I did not give it a chance thats my bad. Before I am forced to take win 10 I will give it another shot.

posted by (2016-02-23 21:45:30)
No avatarI use Linux Mint. Works better than Ubuntu (although an Ubuntu derivative).
Ubuntu is slow like windows is.

I do not agree about linux taking a back seat due to piracy.

Most people are not downloading windows. They download most everything else though.

It takes some convincing to get windows users to switch to linux. I have converted 9 in the past 3 years and they never looked back.

No malware issues like windows has.

distrowatch has a nice list of the most popular ones to try.
Nearly every one of them are free, including free software and free updates.

And NO linux is spyware-out-of-the-box like ALL versions of windows is.

Microsoft gave the NSA a thick list of back doors into their operating systems and software. And of course the NSA shared that with other governments.

Look up NSA keys. Old info but still valid in a way.

Linus Torvalds clearly stated there are no back doors into Linux. It is open source and the world won't put up with back doors. This is why 99% of all servers in the world use Linux!

People either never heard of Linux, too afraid to try something new, and some things won't work with linux (windows only stuff).

But there are alternatives to windows software.

Install Linux on a flash drive and give it a try. Won't hurt anything unless you tamper with the windows installation.

Note: It will be slower than windows because you run it off a slow flash drive. But install it to a hard drive and it is quite fast (except Ubuntu which is slow).

Additionally, linux does not need massive amounts of ram like windows. Most times 512mb on slow machines up to 4gb on fast ones. Depends on your use.

Computer manufacturers are literally forced to put windows on all new devices they sell. And most cripple those devices to prevent linux from being used (ASUS is very bad about this).

FYI: MAC *IS* a version of linux! It is a closed source version and you pay for every little thing and hugely inflated prices.

If you can point and click in windows then linux is a breeze.

Why pirate or buy software for a dangerous operating system like windows when you can legally get software for free with linux?

posted by (2016-02-23 23:32:15)
webnapster avatar@3/steve2uok yes, it's called Live USB or Live CD, google "linux live USB/CD",it's pretty easy to do and use. Can be done with any linux distro.

posted by (2016-02-24 02:21:36)
No avatarfirst I don't think its hard to understand that piracy helped windows become the dominant os, lets face it free top games you can download as a kid with no money, that's why I always had a windows desktop pc instead of a mac, its that simple, hey android is pretty much the same in the phone world lol, but Linux, soz ive used Linux and piracy has not effected that. Linux is just not as compatible with hardware and software.
Adobe products anyone or even using whine to get games working and some games you cant easily or even get to work. Windows the games just work, you install them and hey your playing, it is not the same as whine, or the new printer you just bought but wont work out of the box with Linux. Never mind all my popular software choices mostly don't work on Linux. I would love to use Linux but its just not feasible for me or most windows users that's the reason Linux doesn't do well.

I love how people like to claim its ignorance or some bs like that, Agan games in whine or incompatible hardware lol. We've tried it we've actually used it and most of use came straight back to windows because Linux was not good. Anyway now windows 10 is out there seems no need for using Linux even more.

posted by Kitty (2016-02-24 03:33:23)
Crash1 avatarAn alternative way (that I use) makes use of modern technology. A SATA3 HDD rack (5 1/4" slot, with Hot swap bays) and 2 64GB or 128GB SSD drives ... one with Windows 7/8.1/10 (for when you want to play games or use Windows only software), and the Other with whatever version of Linux you want to run. You just plug in whatever OS you want to run.

Doing it this way means that each drive only has files for THAT OS, and can't be corrupted or overwritten by the other OS, and that BOTH OS's have access to 100% of the computers' resources.
(IF your motherboard supports it you could also use 2 64 or 128GB M2 drives, as long as each physical drive only has ONE OS on it, but you'd have to set up dual boot, since they're inaccessible without disassembling the computer.)

ANOTHER alternative is Virtual Machines, where you can have OTHER OS's (like Apples OSX, Linux, XP, etc) running as VM's while your main OS plugs away. The UPSIDE is it allows you to TEST an OS before committing to its' installation, and the ability to run older software (like some older games or business software) while having the convenience (via the base OS) of modern utilities, AV Software and NEW game compatibility, The DOWNSIDE is that resources are SHARED with the main OS, so you will need a 6/8/more core CPU and 16+ GB RAM to use them effectively (Modern, Corporate, VM ONLY computers usually have Rackmount servers with Dual or Quad XEON or Opteron CPU's with 16 cores EACH, and 32+GB RAM per CPU).
Whatever you assign to the VM (CPU cores & RAM) is no longer available to the main OS while the VM is running.

posted by (2016-02-24 18:15:58)
vapourtrail avatarYup, as steve said he would like to try it, not build a server, and I know Ubuntu is slow compared to other distros but it is Windowsish, thats the whole point that most linux enthusiasts don`t quite get, most average folk want an OS that just works, with everything, they haven`t got time for another hobby, unless they are retired or unemployed, and thats where all linux lets most average folk down,if you can`t get your printer to work, ask the community, "well go into terminal, type sudo......." and thats the point at which the 99% who don`t do linux give up, and its alright being smug and calling people ignorant, ( and yes that is how you spell it, I guess even linux users could do with a spell checker) but unless some real effort is made to come up with an all singing and dancing linux based GUI driven OS then linux will remain a fringe operating system

posted by Trusted Uploadermen (2016-02-25 05:13:30)
Jooge avatarI was one of those that thought Linux was for geeky nerds that lived on computers. After years of nagging from my friend I finally tried it. That was 4 yrs ago. I have not and will not ever own a windows machine.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendSuperman (2016-02-25 07:56:59)
trialNerror avatarIf pre builds came with Linux instead of Windows then nobody would want Windows anymore, but millions of new PC/Laptop buyers every year get that computer with Windows already installed and those millions of buyers don't know how to do much more than make a word document, email photos, and post every detail about their life on a social network.

As someone at the top already stated it's not due to piracy it's due to ignorance.

posted by (2016-02-25 23:59:03)
No avatarWell that is going to change, with the new license per month tracking.

posted by (2016-02-26 13:56:40)
No avatarfor me it has always been the gaming issue every single person i know games all the time and most games only support Windows with some supporting mac and few supporting linux unless you wait years for them to add support if they ever do.

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