This verdict did not sit well with the internet community. According to Sina.com, more than 90% of users they surveyed are or were users of Tomato Garden pirate editions. And 79% said they were on Tomato Garden’s side. Less than 5% said they supported Microsoft.
Hong, author of the Tomato Garden Windows XP, in which he disabled the authentication and certification process, was sentenced by the People’s Court of Huqiu District in Suzhou. He was also fined RMB1 million ($146,400).
The Chengdu Gongruan Networking Technology, which ran the download website, had its income of RMB2.92 million confiscated and was fined RMB8.77 million.
Will this stop the sale of pirated software? No. It will just make it more discreet.
On this they are somewhat ambivalent.
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