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Quick Mention: Gates Gets French Children ‘Addicted’ to Vista

Posted in Bill Gates, Europe, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Vista, Windows at 1:27 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“They’ll get sort of addicted, and then we’ll somehow figure out how to collect sometime in the next decade.”

Bill Gates

Yesterday we mentioned Microsoft getting children in Dubai 'addicted' to Windows [1, 2]. We also mentioned some mysterious deal that Bill Gates signed with a mayor of Paris. It’s a case of one rich man deciding with another ‘on behalf’ of the rest. Now it’s clear what this ‘special’ deal was all about.

Bill Gates took the opportunity to enslave sign an agreement with the mayor of Paris that will provide educational and social services of the city with “free” PCs running Windows Vista (oh, Joy!).


Call me envious, jealous, or simply evil, but it’s been a long time I don’t buy into Mr Gate’s social initiatives. I call them enlightened self-interest, especially when it’s about offering computers running Vista to the poor the very same day the French gendarmerie is announcing the migration of 70,000 desktops to Ubuntu Linux. Yes, you read that right. If there’s any news this week coming from France, this is it.

Do remember that this “free Vista” charade is an anti-Linux move. It’s another way of being anti-competitive and it’s also known as “dumping”.

“[Microsoft] are willing to lose money for years and years just to make sure that you don’t make any money, either.”

Bob Cringely

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  1. Rubber Ducky said,

    January 31, 2008 at 8:53 am


    Microsoft’s power will only grow in the US. Look for Gates to be swept up mysteriously in the political system, and for Gates’ new found power to stimulate Microsoft’s e-lungs like never before. You think the worst is over? The worst is yet to come! The wolf will get a new set of diamond teeth!

    Let us hope the FOSS community, divided as ever, has the strength to counter the snapping cyst monopoly.

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 31, 2008 at 12:09 pm


    Gates is partly responsible for flipping the vote on OOXML in the US from a “No” to a “Yes”. Gates and Ballmer were caught making phonecalls to very high-level diplomats (we have it documented in this Web site). I don’t know what other people call it, but I call it political corruption.

    Let us hope the FOSS community, divided as ever, has the strength to counter the snapping cyst monopoly.

    The least we can do is raise awareness, encourage better understanding of the situation and hope for the best!

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