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> everything that is going on with open source licensing..

when visiting Taiwan and then Hong Kong in the late 1990's, a local said "there are no software companies here" .. everything with money had a hardware sale associated, software was just pirated as much as possible, end of story.. no one would pay for software if they did not have to.. It may be a "western" thing to have companies and people that can live from writing only software

It's also why software as a service has become common everywhere. Like Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Office. It's harder to pirate plus ongoing revenues.

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