Steve and the mirror
Just as the machines were being delivered, the Nigerians gave Bancilhon a bit of unexpected news: "We shall pay for the Mandriva Software as agreed," they told him, "but we shall replace it by Windows afterward."
Bancilhon thinks Ballmer has something to do with this little missive. "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," Bancilhon adds, "how do you feel looking at yourself in the mirror in the morning?"
Despite the news from Nigeria, Bancilhon vows to battle on. "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."
And with a post script, he urges the Nigerians to change their mind. Again. "PS: a message to our friends in Nigeria: it’s still time to do the right thing and make the right choice, you will get lots of support for it and excellent services!"
We asked Microsoft how the company managed to convince the Nigerians that they should switch to Windows after they'd already paid for Mandriva, and this is what it said: "Microsoft operates its business in accordance both with the laws of the countries in which it operates and with international law. Microsoft does not comment on customer procurement processes."
The company also failed to tell us whether it's Windows Vista the Nigerians plan on installing over Mandriva. Whatever trick Ballmer has pulled, we're worried all those Nigerian school children will soon be using an OS that has difficulty running more than one application at a time.
Microsoft has sent us another email on this issue. The company also wanted to point out that Windows is better than Linux:
Microsoft strongly believes that individuals, governments and other organisations should be free to choose the software and other technologies that best meet their needs. We believe Microsoft offers the best overall option of value, integration, interoperability and support, without complexity or added dependency on services.
We are seeing strong market demand for Windows on low-cost devices to help governments in the areas of education, local innovation, and jobs and opportunity. We find that the government agencies are looking at the complete picture - bringing the benefits of technology to more people requires software, hardware, training, well-designed curricula, and stimulating sustainable local business ecosystems.
Microsoft has a strong relationship with the government in Nigeria and will continue to partner with government and industry to help meet their needs.
We have no doubt that the company has "a strong relationship with the government in Nigeria." ®
Mandriva bigwig (nearly) accuses Ballmer of b-word
@Billy Goat Gruff
<quote>As long as we insist young employees understand how to use Windows-based software then educating them in something else is wrong. </quote>
What are you talking about? What does windows do? Runs programs and manages files, thats all, exactly like Linux does. Point click drag drop. That's all.
At my school we are 100% linux. Naturally we use OOo. Do I think kids can manage on Windows and MS Office? Of course they can, its the same, only simpler and easier (only 1 choice of everything, designed for your grandma to be able to understand)
Hahahaha are you serious? Microsoft's patch history is better then Linux? I'm no fanboy but I've read plenty of stories where weird and wonderful things happened after an XP patch was applied. In the 6 months I've been using Ubuntu after I got sick of Vista I've never had any issues with a patch nor have I ever heard of any such problems.
No dodginess in Linux sale?
Imagine this scenario:
17,000 PCs running Windows = $X milion
17,000 PCs running Linux = $Y million (where Y < X)
Purchase order for 17,000 PCs running Linux made out for $Y million
Invoice to Nigerian government for 17,000 PCs running Windows made out for $X million
Intermediary/someone pockets ($X - $Y) million.
Judging by people's apparent opinion of Nigeria and its government, it doesn't sound a too far fetched situation. Maybe MS just made a better offer? ;)
Re: "Good, these are the last people we want on UNIX!"
Nigerian school children are the last people we (you) want on unix?
err, are you *sure* that's what you meant?
hmmm - let me see...
you can have an OS that is used by the nerd minority or the most popular OS in the world - difficult choice