“Microsoft has denied paying a Nigerian contractor $400,000 US dollars in a bid to battle Linux’s movement into the government sector,” Remmy Nweke reports for Macworld UK.
“Media reports alleged that Microsoft had proposed paying the sum to a government contractor under a joint marketing agreement last year in order to persuade the contractor to replace Linux OS with Windows OS on thousands of school laptops,” Nweke reports.
“Although a joint marketing agreement was drafted to document the best practices for using technology in education, it was never executed, said Thomas Hansen, regional manager for Microsoft West, East and Central Africa. It became clear, he added, that one customer wanted a Linux OS,” Nweke reports.
“‘As such, the joint marketing agreement became irrelevant; no such marketing agreement was ever agreed to, and no money was ever spent,’ he said,” Nweke reports.
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “James W.” for the heads up.]
MacDailyNews Take: “No money was ever spent” but it would have been if we could’ve convinced them. Now, thanks for bringing this up: To all of the other non-Windows school systems in the world, whose budgets may be tight – especially the huge number of school systems with Macs – we have a lot of monopoly abuse money piled up, so let’s talk.