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

07.07.10

Reader’s Report and Leak: “Microsoft is Pulling an EDGI on Brazil.”

Posted in America, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Windows at 1:13 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Brazil's ODF cap on Lula
Original

Summary: An anonymous Techrights member from Brazil says that EDGI-like programmes are being used to suppress Brazil’s adoption of GNU/Linux; evidence is leaked

“They are trying to pull off an EDGI here in Brazil,” explained a concerned member earlier this week. For those who don’t know what EDGI is, start here. “I contacted Marcelo Branco,” he added, “let’s see if he will be interested on this.

“In any case, I think I’ll post the documents I have access in Wikileaks. Basically, Mr Ballmer visited all states where the governor is from PSDB, an opposition party to Lula’s PT (worker’s party) and made deals to make EDGI’s on these states.

“Basically, this is the story. While the federal government supports Linux, Ballmer made alliances in states controlled by the rival… party to derail Linux in the schools, since the schools got computers donated by the federal government with Linux.”

To give more details, here is how it’s summarised concisely in the words of the source (required careful research and verification):

It took some time to gather some important information regarding Mr. Ballmer’s interests in Brazil.
Actually, they (Microsoft) have been worried about IT here in Brazil since the election of our current president, Mr. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
In 2002, I picked this post, where they expressed concerning about the election of Lula and the directions of the policies regarding proprietary software in the government.

Early, in 2001/2002, he met with many politicians, even the governor of the federal district, Mr. Cristovam Buarque. In that time, there were donations of computers to public schools, from the federal government, but, with windows XP. When the government changed, and PT party took over, the story began to be different.

Then, Mr. Ballmer, since 2008, started to counter attack the adoption of Linux in Brazil, in the educational section, making deals with governors from rival parties of the worker’s party (PT), the party of our president Lula, with the intention to wipe out Linux from the sight of the children.

In São Paulo, he met with José Serra, and made a deal regarding the Telecentros, which should never run on windows platform, because of the rampant virus/malware dissemination on this platform.

And, a press release from Microsoft itself, praising the deal with the state of São Paulo.

“The counter attack on Linux is being done in the states, not at federal level, where the government is pushing Linux very strongly.”Then, after his meetings from 2008, surprisingly, every state which the government is from the rival party of the president Lula is making educational deals with Microsoft.

São Paulo, in 2008, then Amazonas, Piaui, Pará, Goiás , Paraíba e now, Rio Grande do Sul.

The counter attack on Linux is being done in the states, not at federal level, where the government is pushing Linux very strongly. And so, they try to undo the actions of the federal government, they try to water down the interest in Linux, with bribery and job promises for the pauper, when we know where this indoctrination ends. Only Microsoft wins, the rest are just pawns in their game of interests.

…I’m sending this document [DOC]… regarding the situation in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. In this document, which is an internal memo, the folks of the education from Rio Grande do Sul state give the directions on how to pick up students for the Microsoft’s Jovem Digital “indoctrination” educational program.

I hope you can do good use of these informations and expose these back stabbing actions disguised as philanthropy.

A lot of the links are in Portuguese, but they provide the necessary trail of evidence to support this. Two years ago Brazil said that 52 million young people would move to KDE (on Debian); it was obvious that Microsoft would not let it be. We wrote about it before and provided more evidence.

Under NO circumstances lose against Linux before ensuring we have used this program [EDGI] actively and in a smart way.”

Orlando Ayala, Microsoft

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

5 Comments

  1. henriquemarks said,

    July 7, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Gravatar

    Not so true at all.

    Yes, Microsoft tactics is this, but they are a company, trying to sell a product. What can Linux, as companies, do about ? Try to sell a better product for a smaller price.

    In Rio Grande do Sul this had just happened, and now the program for teachers are offering computers with Windows and Linux. It is just about giving the user a choice, and it is happening here. Int his page you see the configuration and prices, with options for Windows and Linux, with Linux prices more or less 15% lower.

    http://www.professor.rs.gov.br/index.php?acao=programa#modelos

    So, here in Rio Grande, the fight of Free-Software Association had a result, and a good one: to give users a choice.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Not quite. “Choice” is an old lie or spin that Microsoft uses in other parts of south America and even used to subvert OLPC, ODF, and other freedom enablers. Brazil promotes freedom though Linux; Microsoft violates this freedom.

    henriquemarks Reply:

    I am giving you more information about the subject, showing you that, instead of complaining about the situation, people are offering solution based on FOSS to the teachers, so that they can choose.

    We have two models in the technology market, the closed source and FOSS. You cannot impose one of them in the name of freedom. Freedom is to give a choice, and in this case it is happening.

    If the teachers, using openoffice, starts to ask for homeworks with odf as an extension, students with old computers, that cannot produce this format (because of old openoffice versions) will have any choice (or freedom as you say). I know the opposite is going to happen (.docx, .doc) and i dont like it either.

    I agree with all your points about lock-in,proprietary software, ugly tactics, etc. But i am giving valuable information for your news. If you want to neglect, thats your problem

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Do you happen to know where those suggestions of “choice” in Rio Grande do Sul originally came from? I’m not doubting you, I just want to see if they ‘pull a Magalhães’ in Brazil (tactic of phasing in Windows by pretending to harbour “choice”). Tomorrow I will post another new example of Microsoft using the word “choice” to gradually exclude Free software.

    Agent_Smith Reply:

    The fault of this argument is: If the document text file is in an open standard, any text processor can implement saving and loading the resulting file, in any platform. ODF is not an exclusive feature of Open Office, Abiword has it, MS Office has it too(via a plugin), and it’s cross platform, no matter if you are running Mac/OSX, windows 98 or Puppy Linux. In the other hand, if a teacher requires the homeworks in DOCX format, only one program can do it and only in one platform it will be feasible. Simple as that.

What Else is New


  1. Links 19/2/2019: Mesa 18.3.4, Cutelyst 2.7.0, Plasma Pass 1.0.0

    Links for the day



  2. What Happened in the United States Now Happens in Europe: Lots of Patents Turn Out to Be Bunk, Fake, Bogus, Invalid and Thus Worthless

    Worthless patents — not opposition to such patents — are the greatest threat to the legitimacy of the patent system, yet bureaucrats fail to heed the warning in the name of short-term profits



  3. Stephen Rowan's and Nellie Simon's Letter to EPO Staff: eDossier Has “Not Reached the Required Quality Levels.”

    We've just commented on it; here is the raw letter in full, explaining that eDossier and related frameworks will be abandoned entirely and indefinitely within less than a fortnight



  4. Search Matters Not at the European Patent Office

    The EPO has found out that "System Battistelli" has been catastrophic for the quality of patents; it stops short of openly admitting it as such and in fact it keeps the message strictly confidential (explained to insiders, who will inevitably notice a system being abandoned)



  5. António Campinos Still Needs to Undo Battistelli's Union-Busting Activities at the EPO

    Solidarity and support for Laurent Prunier are needed because the new French president lacks empathy even for fellow Frenchmen whose sole 'crime' is that they represented EPO staff



  6. Links 18/2/2019: Linux 5.0 RC7, RISC-V Spreading Fast

    Links for the day



  7. António Campinos Still Needs to Hold Team Battistelli Accountable for Illegally Bringing Weapons to the EPO

    It is imperative that, in order to repair the reputation of the European Patent Office (EPO), António Campinos should pursue accountability for the managers who brought Benalla and firearms to the Office (very serious breach of German law, jail sentence included)



  8. Links 17/2/2019: Compiz 0.9.14.0, Geary 0.13.0, GNU FreeDink 109.6, Debian 9.8, Texinfo 6.6

    Links for the day



  9. Amazon's Patent Policy Should be Enough of a Reason to Boycott Amazon and AWS

    There are many things to criticise Amazon and its founder for; but rarely does the mainstream media bring up the company's appalling patent policy



  10. Don't Use Cloudflare Because You Impose This on People Who Least Want It

    Reasons to stop making the World Wide Web so heavily dependent on some dubious companies like Cloudflare, which already has a worrisome track record



  11. How Many/Most EPO Examiners View 'President' António Campinos

    Based on what readers/insiders have told us, there’s a prevalent perception that António Campinos is afraid of (thus controlled/directed by) Bergot, who is still doing Battistelli’s biddings at the European Patent Office (EPO)



  12. Techrights' Priorities Over the Years

    An old priority of ours, eliminating software patents in the United States, is no longer quite so relevant because such patents are perishing in US courts, with or without outside intervention such as activism



  13. Courts in Disagreement: Warning on Wrongly-Granted European Patents and the Looming Collapse of All Software Patents in Europe

    By devaluing patents and reducing their perceived worth (as is happening in China and Europe) patent offices risk decreasing participation in the very system they fundamentally depend on



  14. Computing Will Not Necessarily Make the World a Better Place

    The vision of "happy world" (because each person has a so-called 'smart' 'phone') is a yuppie delusion that overlooks business models and corporate interests



  15. EPO Grants Fake European Patents -- Including Software Patents -- and European Courts Keep Rejecting These

    The demise of the legitimacy or perceived validity of European Patents is measurable and the system isn't the same anymore; the EPO makes no effort to change this for the better, either



  16. Nobody But Patent Trolls and Litigators Will Benefit From the Corruption of the European Patent Office

    IAM, EPO leadership, Iancu and the rest of these raiders are enabling corruption and facilitating or supporting a racket; that money they collect comes at the expense of future victims of their "clients" or "customers" (that's what they call applicants, to whom they grant dubious monopolies as a matter of urgency)



  17. WSL is a Misleading Acronym/Name Because There's No Linux in It, It's Just Windows

    When Microsoft says "Linux" (as in "Microsoft loves Linux") what it actually means is Windows and/or Azure



  18. Links 16/2/2019: Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS, PyCharm 2019.1 EAP 4

    Links for the day



  19. Outline/Index of the Alexandre Benalla/Battistelli Scandal

    Our writings about the scandals implicating Benalla and the European Patent Office (EPO)



  20. Reading Techrights on a Mobile Device Running Android

    A new Android app for reading this site is being tested



  21. Links 14/2/2019: “I Love Free Software Day” and Mesa 19.0 RC4 Released

    Links for the day



  22. “EPO Lawlessness Again”

    Blackberry uses bogus European Patents (on software) for lawsuits; "all of them pure software patents. Patents on programs for computers as such," as Müller puts it



  23. Unitary Patent (UPC) is All About Imposing Patent Maximalists' Ideology of Greed and Self Interest on Courts in the Name of 'Unification' or 'Consistency' or 'Community'

    Pushers of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) are upset that they don’t always get their way when independent judges get to decide; as it turns out, many European Patents are just fake patents, more so under António Campinos



  24. Battistelli's Bodyguard, Part V: Mediapart Explains the 'Raid' Attempt, Reporters Without Borders Involved

    Mediapart, an investigative site that unearths a lot of incriminating things about Battistelli's former bodyguard Alexandre Benalla, was the target of a raid attempt some weeks ago



  25. Links 13/2/2019: Tails 3.12.1, MongoDB Being Dumped

    Links for the day



  26. Battistelli's Bodyguard, Part IV: Suspected Offenses of Forgery and Possible Falsification

    In a very underworld fashion, Benalla continues to break the law and create yet more scandals



  27. Battistelli's Bodyguard, Part III: Mars, France Close Protection (Benalla's Family), and Russian Oligarchy

    An article which examines the business background of Benalla, the outrageous salaries, the severance indemnity pay, and contract with a Russian oligarch close to Vladimir Putin



  28. Links 13/2/2019: Plasma 5.15.0 and a Look at Linux Mint Debian Edition Cindy

    Links for the day



  29. Battistelli's Bodyguard, Part II: Fishing Expedition for Sources in the Alexandre Benalla 'Underworld' Scandal

    An utter lack of respect for the privacy of the media and of its sources, in the name of protecting the privacy of those convicted of crimes, as seen in France just like the European Patent Office



  30. Innovating the Idea That Software Patents (Monopolies on Algorithms) Are Covering 'Artificial' 'Intelligence' (AI and ML as Loopholes)

    Patent law firms around the world love this new trick, which is framing software that makes decisions as "AI" (magically rendering it patent-eligible only in offices but not in courts, which the EPO hopes to replace/override anyway)


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