I’ve been meaning to start a thread where people post good news links for progress in the Open Source movement. I thought this might be a good place for it.
To start then
Microsoft Loses to Linux in Thailand Struggle
By Jan Krikke
November 12, 2003
In the second quarter of 2003, just 40 percent of all desktop PCs shipped in Thailand had a licensed copy of Windows installed, an all-time low that likely will dip even further. Moreover, PC manufacturer Laser Computer has replaced HP as Thailand’s top PC seller. Laser Computer sells only Linux PCs.
To prevent Linux from running away with Thailand’s subsidised "people’s PC project," Microsoft has dropped the price of its Windows and Office packages from nearly US$600 to $37. Other Asian countries are lining up to duplicate the Thai program. As a result of the events in Thailand, analysts have begun to predict the end of Microsoft’s long-standing "one-price-fits-all-markets policy."
Significantly, first-time PC users in Thailand are finding the Linux Thai Language Edition easier to master than Windows.