French politicians want to tax tablets for not running Windows

Nathan Bahn nathan.bahn at
Mon Jan 3 22:53:17 UTC 2011

On Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 4:29 PM, Doug Pollard <dougpol1 at> wrote:

> On 01/03/2011 02:38 PM, Avi Greenbury wrote:
>> Nathan Bahn wrote:
>>  Attention all--
>>> I can't help but get the impression that French legislators and M$
>>> lobbyists are joined at the hip.  I could be wrong, of course.....
>>>  I'm reminded of the advice to not ascribe to malice that which may
>> explained by incompetence.
>> It's worth noting, too, that the distinction is between mobile
>> operating system and 'PC' operating system. That is, Windows 7 is as
>> taxable as OSX or, say, Ubuntu. It's Windows Mobile 7 that's not deemed
>> taxable (being a mobile system) and I'd imagine iOS is similarly
>> excluded.
>> The distinction is, obviously, harder to draw with Linux which is so
>> portable by design, and has no need for a distinction between 'mobile'
>> and 'PC' editions.
>> I've not yet seen anything that refrains from sensationalism by enough
>> to really understand what's going on here, though. Just a lot of
>> exclamation that the French government is out to destroy Linux or
>> something.
>>   I am skeptical of the whole thing.  Most of the time Governments pick
> out the underdog and take from the wealthy for the poor to garner votes.
>  Why would they side with big bad Microsoft,  there is no glory in that.
>  Sounds like one more Internet cry of wolf at the door.
> Doug

Please tell me that you're joking; irony doesn't translate very well to the
written word.
Please avoid sending me Word or PowerPoint attachments.
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