Aug 31 2009
More on Tomato Garden and the arrest of Hong Lei, the author of the pirated software. Online polls show massive support for Hong Lei as a nationalist hero:
The Chinese IT community is abuzz with news of the arrest of Hong Lei, distributor of the popular “Tomato Garden” pirate version of Windows XP, which means the popular unlocked version of the Microsoft software will no longer be available.
According to Sina.com, more than 90 percent of users they surveyed are or were users of Tomato Garden pirate editions. And 79 percent said they were on Tomato Garden’s side. Less than 5 percent said they supported Microsoft.
The Wall Street Journal has some interesting interviews with people inside China concerning the case and the drivers behind the software theft.
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