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Re: [News] Danish Municipality Moves City to ODF, Free Software

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____/ Matt on Saturday 03 Oct 2009 04:08 : \____

> JeffM wrote:
>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>> Microsoft probably prepares an EDGI pack for that school
>>> as we speak. :-)
>> I had to look that one up.
>> For others equally ignorant: Education and Government Incentive
>> Hey, it's one letter shorter then "bribe" or "graft".
>> I'm reminded of Ballmer's infamous trip to Munich.
>> The City Fathers said that
>> after all his price cuts, the M$ "solution" would have been cheaper
>> (apparently on a very short time horizon)
>> but they still told him to pound sand.
> http://iowa.gotthefacts.org/011607/8000/PX08562.pdf
> http://boycottnovell.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/px08562.pdf
> (((((
>> Sent: Tuesday, July 16, 2002 8:17 AM
>> The goal of this project is to provide a mechanism for emerging markets to
>> build a rich, active, legal ecosystem around PC computing, and at the same
>> time, make computers with Microsoft Windows preinstalled more affordable,
>> especially in the education segment. Example scenario: The government of "X"
>> is advocating using open source for all government-funded computers in order
>> to keep "X" dollars inside the country and save the taxpayers millions of
>> dollars. They are therefore looking at rolling out 50,000 PCâs with Linux to
>> all their K-12 schools and run StarOffice for free or a locally-produced
>> package that they can purchase for $5/desktop. After extensive selling by the
>> local MS account team, including the country GM, to convince them of the
>> higher vatue, lower TCO, and overall advantages of the Windows-based
>> eco-system in their country, the government still maintains that while there
>> might be some premium attached to our software, itâs not enough to justify
>> the investment and they will stick with their plan to go open source across
>> all schools. In order to compete more effectively against Linux and other
>> providers on these deals, we can now leverage the Education and Government
>> Incentive [EDGI] program to help tip the scales to MS in the deal. After
>> engaging the regional team. the region may use funds to provide services
>> and/or rebates to the customer with the following limitation: Not to exceed
>> the estimated Windows royalties recognized by MS from the OEM selling the
>> PCâs to the customer (in the example, 50,000 PCâs at approxo $100/PC for OEM
>> Windows XP Professional would result in a maximum of $5M for the individual
>> deal). Bottom line do our best to show the great value of our software to
>> these customers and ensure we get paid for it under NO circumstances lose
>> against Linux before ensuring we have used this program actively and in a
>> smart way.
> )))))

Some of the exhibits (about 6 in total) have detailed tables of deployments of StarOffice and
GNU/Linux that Microsoft 'killed' with EDGI. This includes an estimated # of seats.

The take-home message is that Microsoft has business intelligence for seeing who migrates to FOSS,
then 'bribing' whoever necessary away from FOSS. It's like a totalitarian regime versus dissidence.

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