Gates: In Ten Years, it’s a Windows and Linux Game: OS News has a good report on an interview Bill Gates gave at “a conference” (it’s not specificed which).
The quote of the title seems to indicate that Bill doesn’t give Apple a fighting chance. He says some other interesting things as well, like him having to run Ad-aware on his home PCs to get rid of spyware. (Somehow I just don’t see Bill Gates firing up Ad-aware on a regular basis.)
At the end (of the interview summary) he makes a very intriguing point:
As for consumers, in these same countries Windows piracy is high. In other words, Windows is free for some of these people. And so is Linux. Having two products that are essentially “free” in one way or another, it all comes down again to the actual value of the software.
He’s got a point: in a lot of countries, Windows and Linux are both essentially free due to massive piracy. So why do people continue to pirate Windows when Linux is free? I don’t have an answer. Do you?
(Who’d have ever thought Gates would be using piracy as a selling point for his software?)