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Re: Microsoft Manager: Africa doesn't need free software

__/ [Roy Schestowitz] on Thursday 20 October 2005 07:29 \__

> This is just insluting...
> http://news.zdnet.co.uk/0,39020330,39231004,00.htm
> <quote>
> You can give people free software, but they won't have the expertise to use
> it, says Microsoft Nigeria's manager
> Microsoft has claimed the cost of software is not an important issue in the
> developing world.
> In response to a question on the role of open source software in Africa,
> Gerald Ilukwe, the general manager of Microsoft Nigeria, said that cost is
> not important, even though he admitted that the average annual salary in
> the West African country is only $160 (£91).
> </quote>

I forgot to bind a personal comment to the article (other than the 4 words
at the top).

I  guess food and drugs are not among Microsoft's top priorities as far as
the  African  people are concerned. It's all about profit, profit,  profit
while  moral factors are reduced to scratch. Microsoft's help, rather than
be  given  in the form of free or /significantly/-reduced  licence  costs,
comes  via  the Bill Gates foundations. This way they can be flasely  per-
ceived  as  humanitarians while at the same time draining the  pockets  of
those whose aim is not to use the most widespread O/S, but to survive that
wisespread HIV.

Microsoft yet again prove that they choose to live in a dog-eat-dog envir-
nment, all of that despite being  in that Big Brother role. This comes  to 
yet  again  show how they spit at the very  same community they pretend to 


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