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Monopoly Freedom Day 

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|     * Dell Inspiron 530 with Microsoft Vista/Microsoft Office = $818.00
|     * Dell Inspiron 530N with Ubuntu/OpenOffice = $428.00
| So the "monopoly tax" in this case is $390, or 48% of the total cost of the 
| system. Now that amount is probably not going to crush you or me. But for a 
| student, a small town library strapped for funds, the recently unemployed, or 
| a family in the developing world, this is a huge difference.   
| [...]
| Your wages are going to Redmond, to fatten the stock portfolio of the 
| wealthiest man in America. Think about it. You know that Microsoft has. With 
| the poorest countries in the world being the ones who would benefit most from 
| using open source to avoid paying the Monopoly Tax, Microsoft has started a 
| new "Scramble for Africa" in order lock them into a costly cycle of 
| technological dependency in a new colonialist campaign.     



Sentimental blackmail: (RED)mond && Dell

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| Recently, Microsoft is luring you with a tag line like this: "Windows and 
| Dell are proud partners of (PRODUCT) RED™ — New PCs designed to help 
| eliminate AIDS in Africa."  
| [...]
| This is one of the most abject way of creating a psychological dependency of 
| Windows Vista Ultimate: making people buy it for giving them the peace of 
| mind that they helped to save lives in Africa!  


Good Bill, Bad Bill, and The Art of Philanthropy

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| And so, paradoxically, the more the Bad Bill becomes the Good Bill, the more 
| long-term harm he will do in the world of computing by spreading the Windows 
| habit to those least able to afford it, with knock-on damage to countries' 
| balance of payments and the rest. Meanwhile, the increasingly-confused free 
| software community will find that the more it tries to attack the Good Bill 
| for doing harm in this way, it, rather than Bill, will be portrayed as bad by 
| the growing global band of Good Bill admirers, for daring to question such 
| manifest and munificent philanthropy.       


Governments Must Reject Gates' $3 Bid to Addict Next Billion PC Users 

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| "Microsoft's strategy of getting developing nations hooked on its
| software was clearly outlined by Bill Gates almost a decade ago," said
| Con Zymaris, CEO of long-standing open source firm Cybersource. 
| Specifically, Bill Gates, citing China as an example, said:
|   "Although about 3 million computers get sold every year in China, but
|   people don't pay for the software," he said. "Someday they will, though.
|   As long as they are going to steal it, we want them to steal ours.
|   They'll get sort of addicted, and then we'll somehow figure out how to
|   collect sometime in the next decade."[1]


Yoohoo! EU Commission! Are you watching?

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| Please remember this day, next time someone tells you how
| philanthropic Mr. Gates is. Monopolies these days not only crush
| competition, they're willing to crush a charity to make a buck. I
| would say any apparent cooperation with OLPC, therefore, is just for
| show, folks. Those "technical" difficulties won't be solved, I figure,
| until this new market is glutted with Microsoft on Intel Classmates
| and Asus EEE's, loaded with XP, that old-fashioned operating system,
| and none of their laptops can do for those children what the OLPC XO
| can do. P.S. Children don't need training to use an OLPC XO. It's
| designed to *not* need it. I hope OLPC patented everything before they
| show Microsoft a thing. For real. Otherwise, someday we'll be looking
| for prior art to overturn a Microsoft patent or two.
| Yoohoo, EU Commission! Are you watching these maneuvers?


Fight Microsoft's lobbying of the world's governments: call to free and open
source millionaires

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| The current lobbying
| Mr. Gates has continued his lobbying and travelling over the last years. In 
| general, every time he goes somewhere, something happens. A government or a 
| city is converted to Microsoft; an important GNU/Linux contract is cancelled 
| (see how the Mandriva deal turned out in Nigeria). Officials start 
| contradicting each other in what they tell the press. Things generally go 
| pear-shaped.     


[Mandriva CEO:] An open letter to Steve Ballmer

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| Wow! I’m impressed, Steve! What have you done for these guys to change their
| mind like this? It’s pretty clear to me, and it will be clear to everyone.
| How do you call what you just did Steve, in the place where you live? In my
| place, they give it various names, I’m sure you know them.  
| Hey Steve, how do you feel looking at yourself in the mirror in the morning?
| Of course, I will keep fighting this one and the next one, and the next one.
| You have the money, the power, and maybe we have a different sense of ethics
| you and I, but I believe that hard work, good technology and ethics can win
| too.  


Lessons from Africa: How to Kill Your Own FUD

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| So, even as Microsoft claims superior quality over Linux, they act as if they 
| don't even buy their own FUD. If they really believed that Windows was 
| superior to Linux, they wouldn't have to bribe people with “marketing help” 
| to get them to choose Windows.   


Linux wins Nigerian school desktops back from Microsoft

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| "We are sticking with that platform," said the official, who would not give
| his name.


Nigerian students power up their laptops

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| Khaled Hassounah, director of Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per
| Child (OLPC) program in Africa and the Middle East, has spent the
| last year touring schools in Nigeria. He and his team chose a school
| 10 miles outside Nigeria's capital, Abuja, to deploy the company's
| first child-friendly laptops in the region.


Intel: doing the dirty on OLPC

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| Intel’s agreement with the OLPC Foundation included a ‘non disparagement’ 
| clause, under which Intel and One Laptop promised not to criticize each 
| other, according to Nicholas Negroponte in the latest article in the Wall 
| Street Journal.   
| Still Intel tactics have violated that repeatedly to kill OLPC efforts in 
| Nigeria, Libya, Pakistan, India, China and Intel is also still trying to pull 
| those tactics in Mexico, Brazil.  
| This is simply disgracefull of Intel, scandalous.
| But Negroponte has signed an agreement saying that he is not allowed to 
| criticize Intel, so he is not allowed to talk about these shameless tactics 
| even though Intel is the one violating the agreement.  
| So only independant voices on the Internet can get those messages of truth 
| out about Intels tactics. 
| In Nigeria, Intel came and donated 3000 laptops to counter OLPC efforts, then 
| sells 17 thousand Classmates to Nigeria at a loss. 
| Then Microsoft corrupted Nigerian officials with 400 thousand dollars to 
| install Windows XP on those instead of Mandriva Linux. 


Microsoft Happy with the Evolution of Windows Vista Piracy

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| But the truth is that Microsoft is happy with the way Windows Vista
| piracy is evolving. Is there a catch to this? No. The fact of the
| matter is that Windows Vista has delivered a heavy blow to
| software counterfeiters. The reason for this is the new Windows
| Genuine Advantage security mechanism integrated into the
| operating system.
| You may not notice this on the surface. On the surface, the
| Internet is crawling with Windows Vista cracks, hacks and
| workarounds. On the surface, every Windows Vista edition has
| been cracked and is available for download via peer-to-peer 
| networks. But this is not the true extent of Windows Vista piracy.

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