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