On Wed, 24 Dec 2008 23:47:55 +0000, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
> Microsoft Battles Low-Cost Rival for Africa
> ,----[ Quote ]
> | In Nigeria, Microsoft proposed paying $400,000 last year under a |
> joint-marketing agreement to a government contractor it was trying to |
> persuade to replace Linux with Windows on thousands of school laptops.
> The | contractor's former chief executive describes the proposal as an
> incentive to | make the switch -- an interpretation Microsoft denies. In
> Namibia and | Nigeria, where it has sought government contracts, the
> company hired family | members of government officials. Microsoft says
> they were qualified. |
> | [...]
> | On Oct. 30, Mandriva announced it had won the contract to provide
> Linux | software for the Classmates. Microsoft didn't give up. The next
> day, it | delivered TSC a revised draft agreement with an "effective
> date" of Nov. 1, | documents show. It offered to pay $400,000 to TSC. In
> the revised agreement, | there no longer was any mention of TSC having
> to comply with Microsoft's code | of conduct.
> | In an Oct. 31 email, TSC told Mandriva that there had been a "change
> in | circumstances," and that it "has recently reached an understanding
> with | Microsoft to convert" the Classmates from Linux to Windows. |
> | Mandriva's chief executive, Francois Bancilhon, responded by posting
> "an open | letter to Steve Ballmer," Microsoft's CEO, on Mandriva's Web
> site. "What have | you done to these guys to make them change their mind
> like this?" he | wrote. "It's quite clear to me, and it will be to
> everyone. How do you call | what you just did, Steve? There are various
> names for it, I'm sure you know | them." Mr. Bancilhon declined to
> elaborate on his letter. |
> | In the end, the joint-marketing agreement was never signed, and the
> Microsoft | deal unraveled. Microsoft says it gave up after "it became
> clear" that the | Nigerian government wanted Linux.
> | The laptops were delivered with Linux. `----
Excellent, its nice to see that MS can be outed and their unethical,
backhand bribes stopped.
If we wish to reduce our ignorance, there are people we will
indeed listen to. Trolls are not among those people, as trolls, more or
less by definition, *promote* ignorance.
Kelsey Bjarnason, C.O.L.A. 2008