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2011/1/3 Ian Lynch <>

On 3 January 2011 15:56, Alexander Thurgood <>


Le 03/01/11 12:37, Zaphod Feeblejocks a écrit :

I guess if you want to buy an iPad in France, now is a good time to do

An iPad or any other mobile OS based device,

ipad is hardly an OS based device. Well stretching the imagination we can
trace the OS back to BSD but that could be said of other proprietary unix

including your telephone
:-) (the tax, if finally passed into law, should also affect
WindowsMobile phones) - the project targets embedded OSes not designed
to run on "normal" PC hardware. Obviously, the definition retained at
present is a nonsense in itself and shows just what a poor understanding
French MPs have of operating systems and IT in general (or rather what
they have been cleverly misled to understand).

The current French government needs money, big time - the
mobile/embedded market is still fairly bouyant - what better way to
generate a revenue stream to fill the depleted coffers ? ;-)

I can think of several better ways. Raise the tax rate on proprietary
software to encourage migration to open source. Overall that would save
money as well as raise revenue. ;-) Once you have everyone shifted to FOSS
you can tax that and effectively transfer the tax that was being paid to
proprietary software producers to the government. That then costs no-one
except the likes of MS who have plenty of cash and are largely outside the
French economy in any case.


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