THE routine looks awfully familiar:
- Country/region listens to citizens’ desire and heralds a migration to GNU/Linux
- Microsoft spots this country/region which migrates to GNU/Linux
- Microsoft’s leaders make quiet visits to the country/region
- Microsoft announces a bargain new deal that’s shrouded with secrecy and the migration to GNU/Linux is ended
- In some case, those who advocated GNU/Linux lose their job and/or get smeared
Orlando Ayala is another executive chief who embarks on such anti-GNU/Linux crusades and in order to understand how it all works, one ought to learn about Microsoft’s EDGI, which is pretty much an anti-GNU/Linux programme. Anti-trust action exposed its internals, but it was settled too quickly to actually tackle the issue:
- Is Microsoft ‘Pulling an EDGI’ on Kerala? (Updated)
- Microsoft Vice President Teaches PR People How to Spin Anti-Linux Programme
- Microsoft Dumps on India, South Africa, Malta
- At Microsoft, “Fear Uncertainty Doubt (TALKING POINTS)” is Formal Strategy
- Microsoft’s Dumping Strategy Versus GNU/Linux (EDGI Continued)
- Extended Windows 98 EOL to Block Government Migrations to GNU/Linux and Free Software; More ‘Donations’
- Microsoft on “Maintaining Gap vs Linux” Using “Patents“, “Children’s Software“
- Microsoft’s Internal Presentation on How to Fight GNU/Linux
- Microsoft Chief: “Under NO Circumstances Lose Against Linux”
- Microsoft’s EDGI in India: Fighting GNU/Linux in Education
- EDGI Finale: Microsoft’s “Linux Compete Squad”
Strike Against Free Software: Microsoft Enters Catalonian Schools
It was a pretty personal deal between Steve Ballmer and president of the Generalitat de Catalunya José Montilla.
Minister of education Ernest Maragall had announced in April 2008 that hundreds of schools would be switched to GNU/Linux. The main reason, he said at the time, was the illegal use of proprietary software.
Needless to say, Catalonia pays for all the hardware and Microsoft offers the ‘privilege’ of not using GNU/Linux, i.e. Catalonia is allowed to make copies of Windows, which cannot be owned anyway (just licensed until the kids graduate).
Residents of Catalonia should be up and arms. They can demand to see the details of what Microsoft did to take away their children’s’ freedom, i.e. turn them into Microsoft clients at a young age, even with the government’s assistance.