[ubuntu-uk] Ballmer screws over Nigerian schoolkids
christopherrowson at gmail.com
Thu Nov 1 22:24:36 GMT 2007
> Chris Rowson wrote:
> > I just read this. Sickening isn't it!
> Not to me it isn't.
> The Nigerian government aren't complaining. The Nigerian people aren't
> [Or if they are, someone post a link and tell me about what....]
> In fact, the person who's complaining in this article is the guy who
> came in second in a procurement round, and he's throwing mud around and
> hoping some of it sticks.
Viewed against a backdrop of other MS activities - (see the other post
in this thread about previous MS jollies into Africa) you'll see that
this *may* run deeper than one guy sulking as he looses out in a
> I'm well aware that Microsoft have played dirty in the past, but I
> believe in this pesky little thing called "any evidence whatsoever"
> before assuming that somehow children are being screwed over.
I believe on the 'fool me once' principle.
> I don't use Ubuntu because I somehow think that it's "truth justice and
> righteousness".... I use it because it's better....
OK. Fair enough, that's your choice. I'm not really that bothered why
people use Ubuntu to be fair. I'm just happy that they do.
> What I _do_ find offensive is the fact that some people are jumping in
> the "kids are getting screwed" bandwagon, and will try to exploit the
> images of some of the worlds most vulnerable people to make their own
> petty points about "free software".
I'm hope you see me as an exploiter of innocent children for posting
this here. To be honest though, I don't have an agenda or petty points
> One of the reasons I like Ubuntu is that Canonical seem to have a policy
> of NOT descending to this kind of game, and concentrating on making
> Linux BETTER.
> That I can respect.
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