French politicians want to tax tablets for not running Windows

Doug Pollard dougpol1 at
Tue Jan 4 00:21:23 UTC 2011

On 01/03/2011 05:53 PM, Nathan Bahn wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 4:29 PM, Doug Pollard <dougpol1 at 
> <mailto: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
> D.P.--
> Please tell me that you're joking; irony doesn't translate very well 
> to the written word.
> --N.B.
> -- 
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Sorry guys this was about Mobile an Pc and I am off again on my opinions 
about basic politics.  I'll try to keep my opinions out of this.         
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