EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

01.08.09

Microsoft Dumps on India, South Africa, Malta

Posted in Africa, Asia, Europe, Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Office Suites, OpenOffice, Windows at 7:24 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

No dumping

Some days ago we wrote about Kerala and about EDGI. The issue is being covered by the Indian press now (“Proponent of Free Software gets marching orders”).

Free software article
Click image for a large-sized version

Those who want to process their taxes must purchase Microsoft Excel and its prerequisites. On top of this, the forced resignation sure makes it seem like Microsoft may be 'pulling a Quinn' using overseas collaborators with joint interests. It’s a familiar recipe.

Another country where Microsoft appears to be pulling such tricks is South Africa (it was offered StarOffice for virtually nothing). That’s where Microsoft wants to capture users while they are young and similar tactics are being applied to Malta. Several days ago we wrote about so-called 'donations' in Malta and now these ‘donations’ (addictionware) are reaching Maltese schools and higher education.

University students are enjoying more and more the benefits of Microsoft specialised training courses. Microsoft Malta teamed up with the Faculty of ICT at the University of Malta and is offering a course in Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Development. This is currently being delivered to undergraduates over a period of nine months under the IT Academy Programme.

The university needs to offer education, not to become a taxpayers-funded Microsoft workshop [1, 2, 3]. Last night, Richard Stallman sent out this alert about the possible privatisation of US education.

Did Barack Obama Just Appoint An Under-qualified Stooge and Privatizer Secretary of Education?

The short answer seems to be “yes.” Before being appointed CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, Arne Duncan never saw the inside of a classroom as a teacher. This is probably a good thing, since Duncan does not possess the academic qualifications to be even a substitute teacher. Worse still, Duncan’s idea of improving inner-city schools in Chicago is handing them over to corporate-run charter schools or converting them to military academies. This, says longtime Chicago educator and activist George Schmidt, is not the change we voted for.

Going back to Malta, the country has been speaking about GNU/Linux and Free software for quite some time [1, 2, 3] and it was even close to choosing StarOffice [4], which Microsoft is committing a ‘targeted assassination’ against, according to the leaked EDGI memos. Is Microsoft ‘pulling an EDGI’ on this country? More importantly, will Malta’s authorities permit this kind of digital colonialism to carry on? Will citizens speak out? Justice rarely comes as a gift from above; it comes through struggles from the bottom.

______
[1] IBM Linux education programme [in Malta]

One of the ICT education initiatives is the Linux Education Programme, through which 60 persons who already work in the ICT industry ambit will certify themselves as Linux Entry Level Administrators.

[2] Leo Brincat’s missionary zeal – Malta and Open Source

While Labour “studies” what its weekly half-hour trip on the internet gives it, we are developing areas where we think the benefits of open-source technology can really make a difference.

[...]

Moreover, should he have researched even further he would have also realised that we are taking our open standards policy even a step further and extending it to cut across different technological platforms such as we recently did with the eGovernment Web Framework when we extended it to cover also Oracle technologies and are currently preparing for its final extension into Linux.

[3] Maltese Government and IBM sign strategic alliance

The strategic programmes and initiatives offered by IBM include educational initiatives such as the setting up of a Linux education programme to certify Maltese students, selected by the Government, as Linux Entry Level Administrators.

[4] € 2 scheme for teachers and students for StarOffice

Maltese students and teachers can purchase StarOffice applications software for a once-only payment of €2.

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

2 Comments

  1. Friend said,

    January 8, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Gravatar

    Freedom is not going to be easy :) We need to fight for every inch of it !!

  2. Lyle Howard Seave said,

    January 8, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Gravatar

    The article about the new Secretary of Education is excellent.
    New boss, same as the old boss.

    Again, your links are awesome and now that PJ isnt doing links anymore, even more important for free software supporters.

What Else is New


  1. USPTO and EPO Both Slammed for Abandoning Patent Quality and Violating the Law/Caselaw in Order to Grant Illegitimate Patents on Life/Nature and Mathematics

    Mr. Iancu, the ‘American Battistelli’ (appointed owing to nepotism), mirrors the ‘Battistelli operandi’, which boils down to treating judges like they’re stooges and justices like an ignorable nuisance — all this in the name of litigation profits, which necessitate constant wars over illegitimate patents (it is expensive to prove their illegitimacy)



  2. IRC Proceedings: January 27th, 2019 – March 24th, 2019

    Many IRC logs



  3. IRC Proceedings: December 2nd, 2018 – January 26th, 2019

    Many IRC logs



  4. Links 21/4/2019: SuperTuxKart's 1.0 Release, Sam Hartman Is Debian’s Newest Project Leader (DPL)

    Links for the day



  5. The EPO's Use of Phrases Like “High-Quality Patent Services” Means They Know High-Quality European Patents Are 'Bygones'

    The EPO does a really poor job hiding the fact that its last remaining objective is to grant as many European Patents as possible (and as fast as possible), conveniently conflating quality with pace



  6. A Reader's Suggestion: Directions for Techrights

    Guest post by figosdev



  7. Links 20/4/2019: Weblate 3.6 and Pop!_OS 19.04

    Links for the day



  8. The Likes of Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA), Team Campinos and Team UPC Don't Represent Europe But Hurt Europe

    The abject disinterest in patent quality and patent validity (as judged by courts) threatens Europe but not to the detriment of those who are in the 'business' of suing and printing lots of worthless patents



  9. The Linux Foundation Needs to Change Course Before GNU/Linux (as a Free Operating System) is Dead

    The issues associated with the Linux Foundation are not entirely new; but Linux now incorporates so many restrictions and contains so many binary blobs that one begins to wonder what "Linux" even means



  10. Largest Patent Offices Try to Leave Courts in a State of Disarray to Enable the Granting of Fake Patents in the US and Europe

    Like a monarchy that effectively runs all branches of government the management of the EPO is trying to work around the judiciary; the same is increasingly happening (or at least attempted) in the United States



  11. Links 19/4/2019: PyPy 7.1.1, LabPlot 2.6, Kipi Plugins 5.9.1 Released

    Links for the day



  12. Links 18/4/2019: Ubuntu and Derivatives Have Releases, digiKam 6.1.0, OpenSSH 8.0 and LibreOffice 6.2.3

    Links for the day



  13. Freedom is Not a Business and Those Who Make 'Business' by Giving it Away Deserve Naming

    Free software is being parceled and sold to private monopolisers; those who facilitate the process enrich themselves and pose a growing threat to freedom in general — a subject we intend to tackle in the near future



  14. Concluding the Linux Foundation (LF) “Putting the CON in Conference!” (Part 3)

    Conferences constructed or put together based on payments rather than merit pose a risk to the freedom of free software; we conclude our series about events set up by the largest of culprits, which profits from this erosion of freedom



  15. “Mention the War” (of Microsoft Against GNU/Linux)

    The GNU/Linux desktop (or laptops) seems to be languishing or deteriorating, making way for proprietary takeover in the form of Vista 10 and Chrome OS and “web apps” (surveillance); nobody seems too bothered — certainly not the Linux Foundation — by the fact that GNU/Linux itself is being relegated or demoted to a mere “app” on these surveillance platforms (WSL, Croûton and so on)



  16. The European Patent Office Does Not Care About the Law, Today's Management Constantly Attempts to Bypass the Law

    Many EPs (European Patents) are actually "IPs" (invalid patents); the EPO doesn't seem to care and it is again paying for corrupt scholars to toe the party line



  17. The US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) Once Again Pours Cold Water on Patent Maximalists

    Any hopes of a rebound or turnaround have just been shattered because a bizarre attack on the appeal process (misusing tribal immunity) fell on deaf ears and software patents definitely don't interest the highest court, which already deemed them invalid half a decade ago



  18. Links 17/4/2019: Qt 5.12.3 Released, Ola Bini Arrested (Political Stunts)

    Links for the day



  19. Links 16/4/2019: CentOS Turns 15, Qt Creator 4.9.0 Released

    Links for the day



  20. GNU/Linux is Being Eaten Alive by Large Corporations With Their Agenda

    A sort of corporate takeover, or moneyed interests at the expense of our freedom, can be seen as a 'soft coup' whose eventual outcome would involve all or most servers in 'the cloud' (surveillance with patent tax as part of the rental fees) and almost no laptops/desktops which aren't remotely controlled (and limit what's run on them, using something like UEFI 'secure boot')



  21. Reader's Claim That Rules Similar to the Code of Conduct (CoC) Were 'Imposed' on LibrePlanet and the FSF

    Restrictions on speech are said to have been spread and reached some of the most liberal circles, according to a credible veteran who opposes illiberal censorship



  22. Corporate Media Will Never Cover the EPO's Violations of the Law With Respect to Patent Scope

    The greed-driven gold rush for patents has resulted in a large pool of European Patents that have no legitimacy and are nowadays associated with low legal certainty; the media isn't interested in covering such a monumental disaster that poses a threat to the whole of Europe



  23. A Linux Foundation Run by People Who Reject Linux is Like a Children's Charity Whose Management Dislikes Children

    We remain concerned about the lack of commitment that the Linux Foundation has for Linux; much of the Linux Foundation's Board, for example, comes from hostile companies



  24. Links 15/4/2019: Linux 5.1 RC5 and SolydXK Reviewed

    Links for the day



  25. Links 14/4/2019: Blender 2.80 Release Plan and Ducktype 1.0

    Links for the day



  26. 'Poor' (Multi-Millionaire) Novell CEO, Who Colluded With Steve Ballmer Against GNU/Linux, is Trying to Censor Techrights

    Novell’s last CEO, a former IBMer who just like IBM decided to leverage software patents against the competition (threatening loads of companies using "platoons of patent lawyers"), has decided that siccing lawyers at us would be a good idea



  27. Guest Post: The Linux Foundation (LF) is “Putting the CON in Conference!” (Part 2)

    Calls for papers (CfP) and who gets to assess what's presented or what's not presented is a lesser-explored aspect, especially in this age when large corporate sponsors get to indirectly run entire 'community' events



  28. Patent Maximalists Are Enabling Injustices and Frauds

    It's time to come to grips with the simple fact that extreme patent lenience causes society to suffer and is mostly beneficial to bad actors; for the patent profession to maintain a level of credibility and legitimacy it must reject the deplorable, condemnable zealots



  29. Further Decreasing Focus on Software Patents in the United States as They Barely Exist in Valid Form Anymore

    No headway made after almost 4 months of Iancu-led stunts; software patents remain largely dead and buried, so we’re moving on to other topics



  30. Links 13/4/2019: Wine 4.6 and Emacs 26.2 Released

    Links for the day


CoPilotCo

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

CoPilotCo

Recent Posts