Linux wins Nigerian school desktops back from Microsoft

Microsoft has apparently lost out in trying to persuade Nigeria's government to use Windows over Linux even after bribing a local supplier with a $400,000 marketing contract. Microsoft gave the money to the supplier after Mandriva Linux was chosen to run 17,000 laptops for Nigerian school children. The supplier took the cash and agreed to wipe Mandriva off the machines, but now Nigeria's government has stepped in to stop the shady deal.

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Robgig1088 said,
You know you're being shady when the government of Nigeria steps in to stop the transaction.

LOL yea, well I just figured Ballmer was going after corrupt third-world officials (like many businesses do) with bribes that would be illegal in the West (and certainly are immoral) and only serve to screw the poor people in those poor countries even further and to keep them down.

Actually that is exactly what he was trying to do. He may yet succeed as it may be the Nigerians are just trying for a bigger bribe. I hope he doesn't succeed though as it makes Microsoft look totally evil, contributing to the extension of third-world poverty and moral corruption of third-world governments.

You're absolutely right it's funny how Ballmer and Microsoft turned out to be too corrupt for notoriously corrupt Nigerian officials! At least for now....

James7 said,

LOL yea, well I just figured Ballmer was going after corrupt third-world officials (like many businesses do) with bribes that would be illegal in the West (and certainly are immoral) and only serve to screw the poor people in those poor countries even further and to keep them down.

Actually that is exactly what he was trying to do. He may yet succeed as it may be the Nigerians are just trying for a bigger bribe. I hope he doesn't succeed though as it makes Microsoft look totally evil, contributing to the extension of third-world poverty and moral corruption of third-world governments.

You're absolutely right it's funny how Ballmer and Microsoft turned out to be too corrupt for notoriously corrupt Nigerian officials! At least for now.... ;)

if they wanted to be reallly dodgy they just charge them full price. remember these laptops are selling ofr like $200 a copy of windwos costs more than that.

Thank God that people in Nigerian government have a common sense. They made the right choice by pushing the greedy and sneaky, no-respect American company away from their plan, and keeping up with the OS that is customized exclusively for their schools. Wise decision!

WE ARE NEW ESTABLISH COMPANY NIGERA SELL XP YOU TO FOR UNDER RETAIL PRICE $2 PER COPY THANKY YOU
haha

cough : cough:


can all the windows fan boys who lined up and defend MS and slagged off Mandriva please line up here and grovel

Thank you.

In their defense, there wasn't a lot of information, from either side, about what was going on.

  • Mandriva's CEO alleged shady dealing without providing anything specific to look at.
  • Microsoft denied said vague shady dealing.
Not a lot to look at to evaluate.

And the $400,000 "Marketing Contract" could have been legit, and the Nigerian official may have decided to "return the favor" to Microsoft without Microsoft asking them to. Even if Microsoft really wanted that money to be applied to removing Linux, if they were smart they would never directly stipulate so. Plausible Deniability and all that.

markjensen said,
In their defense, there wasn't a lot of information, from either side, about what was going on.
  • Mandriva's CEO alleged shady dealing without providing anything specific to look at.
  • Microsoft denied said vague shady dealing.
Not a lot to look at to evaluate.

And the $400,000 "Marketing Contract" could have been legit, and the Nigerian official may have decided to "return the favor" to Microsoft without Microsoft asking them to. Even if Microsoft really wanted that money to be applied to removing Linux, if they were smart they would never directly stipulate so. Plausible Deniability and all that.

Well, it could but for people who believed all that I have some genuine fairy photos going cheap.

evo_spook said,

Well, it could but for people who believed all that I have some genuine fairy photos going cheap.

How much these photos going for ? :P

+1

the original posts never mentioned $400 000 being given to a suplier to wipe the machines, without the government having anythign to do with it.