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[News] FSF Tells Charities to Reject Vista 7 for Its Sins

  • Subject: [News] FSF Tells Charities to Reject Vista 7 for Its Sins
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 08 Oct 2009 16:56:31 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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FSF urges non-profits to reject Windows 7

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| THE FREE SOFTWARE FOUNDATION (FSF) is to write to the 
| leaders of 500 of the most influential non-
| governmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide to urge 
| them to refuse Windows 7.
| The letters will outline the seven areas where the 
| FSF says Microsoft and the commercial software market 
| is damaging: invading privacy, poisoning education, 
| locking users in, abusing standards, leveraging 
| monopolistic behaviour, enforcing Digital 
| Restrictions Management (DRM), and threatening 
| user security.


Small budgets hamper local open source developers

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| Kenyan Linux advocates face well-funded U.S. 
| companies
| [...]
| Microsoft has received most of the criticism 
| because of its market position. It has several 
| projects with the government.


Kenya blackmail incident below.


Microsoft Denies Threatening to Withdraw Funding

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| However, the denial was a contradiction to comments by Bitange Ndemo,
| permanent secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication, who
| said that Microsoft may have made comments regarding funding, though not
| directly or in writing.  
| "They may have said something to that effect though not directly and not in
| writing. Microsoft cannot threaten us. In any case, our policy is very clear,
| we encourage people to use open-source software and those who want to use
| proprietary software are at liberty to do so" Ndemo said.  
| There was heated debate in Kenya's technology sector before the decision to
| abstain. The decision was made by a 12-member committee. Some experts felt
| that the committee was comprised of a majority of Microsoft partners.  

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