[News] [Rival] Microsoft Tries Dumping to Stifle School Migrations to GNU/Linux

[News] [Rival] Microsoft Tries Dumping to Stifle School Migrations to GNU/Linux

Post by Roy Schest » Sun, 13 Jul 2008 03:51:25


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Microsoft invests ZAR 750 mln in software for South African schools

http://www.telecom.paper.nl/news/article.aspx?id=222155&nr=

Microsoft to give software to 26 000 schools

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| Microsoft will supply productivity and server software worth about
| R750-million to public schools.
|
| The software is expected to reach 26 000 government schools across South
| Africa, bringing modern information and communication technology to more than
| 11 million pupils.
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http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=105&art_id=vn20080710060321151C258628

What a surprise! In a country that moves to Linux. Regulators should step in to
see what Microsoft is doing yet again.

The only 'charity' Microsoft understands is crime. It's a competition crime.


Recent:

Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| A couple of years ago you reiterated that IBM was Microsoft's biggest
| competitor and you said not just on the business side, but overall. If I ask
| you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be?
|
| Ballmer: Open...Linux. I don't want to say open source. Linux, certainly have
| to go with that.
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http://www.news.com/Feeling-the-heat-at-Microsoft/2008-1012_3-6232458.html?tag=ne.fd.mnbc


Related:

Yoohoo! EU Commission! Are you watching?

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| Here's some repulsive news from Microsoft, in an article on Yahoo!
| News titled, "Microsoft pledges cash for IT in developing world" but
| which I would more accurately, I think, call, "Microsoft Finds New Way
| To Be Anticompetitive":
|
| [...]
|
| "Microsoft is still working through some of the 'technical
| limitations' that remain in putting XP on the XO, the green PC from
| the One Laptop Per Child project, Ayala [MS spokesman] said."
|
| So, to compete with Microsoft, Linux needs to be able to spend 235
| million to buy a market? There are also some interesting details on
| deals being made in Russia, Mexico and Libya:
|
| [...]
|
| Of course, they can't put that honking Vista on these laptops. So,
| it's XP forever, I guess, for the third world. Indeed the article says
| XP will be the supported platform on low-cost PCs such as the
| Classmate and Asus EEE, this despite the fact that Windows XP will
| stop being available to OEMs in June 2008 according to what I've seen
| announced. I hope those governments have figured out a plan on how
| they will upgrade someday. Hahahaha. Their only hope is if Microsoft
| can pick OLPC's brains fast and then figure out how to get a smaller
| footprint.
|
| [ Update: It's not just in the third world. A reader just sent me this
| link, about Microsoft offering Finland free Live.edu software for all
| Finnish schools, and the software enables "community features such as
| a discussion forum students can use to discuss with each other". Sort
| of like what XO meshing enables? More, if you can read Finnish.]
|
| So, bottom line? I read it as meaning that Microsoft would like to
| join Intel in killing off One Laptop Per Child's XO laptop, because it
| runs Linux on AMD, and because OLPC identified a new market in the
| third world, and monopolies are like the grave -- they never say,
| "Enough".
|
| 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
 
 
 

[News] [Rival] Microsoft Tries Dumping to Stifle School Migrations to GNU/Linux

Post by Moshe Gold » Sun, 13 Jul 2008 08:26:35


Good....
At least the stuff will work unlike the OLPC disaster which was totally and
completely mismanaged by the unprofessional Linux community from day one.

OLPC, some kid sitting in the middle of some barren wasteland cranking up
the damm thing instead of planting crops so he can eat.

I can see these kids selling the OLPC on ebay as fast as they get them so
they can feed the family....

The concept is so totally ridiculous that if it weren't for real, nobody
would even believe it.




--
Moshe Goldfarb
Collector of soaps from around the globe.
Please visit The Hall of Linux Idiots:
http://www.yqcomputer.com/

 
 
 

[News] [Rival] Microsoft Tries Dumping to Stifle School Migrations to GNU/Linux

Post by Matt » Sun, 13 Jul 2008 09:30:16


You have to log in to read the link above. Here are a couple links to
full-length stories.

http://www.yqcomputer.com/
http://www.yqcomputer.com/




Free as in beer, not free as in freedom, not open-source.

On the bright side: at least MS will not be making any money in schools
a few years from now.

Other big users are or should be maneuvering now to have FOSS as a
future option, the result being that MS won't be able to make money from
them either. Big users have economies of scale for administering
FOSS/Linux and for negotiating with MS.

Eventually MS will only be able to sell to small businesses and
individuals, so that those little people will be the only source of
development funds for Windows and Office. What will happen then?
 
 
 

[News] [Rival] Microsoft Tries Dumping to Stifle School Migrations to GNU/Linux

Post by DFS » Sun, 13 Jul 2008 09:39:50


Don't fret. You'll still be able to make a living with Windows.
 
 
 

[News] [Rival] Microsoft Tries Dumping to Stifle School Migrations to GNU/Linux

Post by The Ghost » Sun, 13 Jul 2008 11:18:58

In comp.os.linux.advocacy, DFS
< XXXX@XXXXX.COM >
wrote
on Fri, 11 Jul 2008 20:39:50 -0400
<A%Sdk.22763$ XXXX@XXXXX.COM >:


Only if one asks "Microsoft, May I?" first. After all,
can't be too careful with all of those developers out
there hacking away at dangerous things such as DRM-less
music and FOSS; it might damage revenue.

Can't have that!

--
#191, XXXX@XXXXX.COM
Linux. Because life's too short for a buggy OS.
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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Tries Dumping to Stifle School Migrations to GNU/Linux

Post by DFS » Sun, 13 Jul 2008 11:37:03


What software do you use at work?
What exactly do you do for a living?





And we won't! The world isn't suddenly going to drop 40 IQ points and call
themselves 7 or Homer and start giving away all their work for free.
 
 
 

[News] [Rival] Microsoft Tries Dumping to Stifle School Migrations to GNU/Linux

Post by Roy Schest » Sun, 13 Jul 2008 14:22:06

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____/ Matt on Saturday 12 July 2008 00:30 : \____

http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=105&art_id=vn20080710060321151C258628
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=105&art_id=vn20080710060321151C258628
http://digitallearning.in/news/news-details.asp?Title=Microsoft-to-give-R750-millionn-software-to-SA-govt-schools&newsid=15122


They already try the same tactics in India.

http://boycottnovell.com/2008/06/06/irc-log-04062008-2/#tJun%2004%2017:06:32

Also in Kerala:

http://www.fin24.co.za/articles/companies/display_article.aspx?Nav=ns&lvl2=comp&ArticleID=1518-1783_2045929

"He said Microsoft executives were seeking to meet the state chief minister
this week. Kerala state is a potentially strong market for the company, with a
population of 32 million and a 90.9% literacy rate - far above the national
average of 68.4%."

http://kerala4u.in/98/it_giants_train_students_and_faculty

"This program allows universities and colleges to get latest Microsoft
software available in labs, classrooms, and on student PCs. MSDN AA is an
annual membership program.The membership allows an enrolled student to take
home the complete microsoft products, except products for office productivity.

"Also Microsoft has offered to asist the universities to customise their
carriculam and claims that the Microsoft range of products are suitable for CS
and IT syllabus of Indian universities.Also Microsoft has started .Net user
groups in cities like Cochin. Also Microsoft is selecting student ambassadors
from various institutions and conducting programming contests."


How long before they try to reverse Brazil's decision?


Deploying KDE to 52 million young people

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| By the end of this year 29,000 labs serving some 32,000,000 students will be
| fully deployed and in active use.
|
| By the end of next year (2009) those numbers will have swelled to 53,000 labs
| serving some 52,000,000 students.
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http://aseigo.blogspot.com/2008/04/deploying-kde-to-52-million-young.html


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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Tries Dumping to Stifle School Migrations to GNU/Linux

Post by Moshe Gold » Mon, 14 Jul 2008 08:14:34


Ghost seems to be getting a wee bit obtuse these days, kind of like Rick
with his sarcastic comments.

I've been ignoring his thesis like replies because I don't have the time
right now to write books for each reply.

--
Moshe Goldfarb
Collector of soaps from around the globe.
Please visit The Hall of Linux Idiots:
http://www.yqcomputer.com/