[ubuntu-uk] Ballmer screws over Nigerian schoolkids

Chris Rowson 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 
> complaining.
> [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
procurement round...

> 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
to make.

> 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.
> Mark

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