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Re: Charge Africa For Software, Then Be Glorified

__/ [The Ghost In The Machine] on Tuesday 01 November 2005 16:00 \__

> In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Linønut
> <linønut@xxxxxxxx>
>  wrote
> on Tue, 01 Nov 2005 06:41:31 -0600
> <6KqdnZZQrY7m__reRVn-sQ@xxxxxxxxxxx>:
>> After takin' a swig o' grog, Roy Schestowitz belched out this bit o'
>> wisdom:
>>> The following confirms what I have argued before. According to Microsoft,
>>> even Africa is said not to be entitled to have cheaper software:
>>> http://news.zdnet.co.uk/0,39020330,39231004,00.htm
>>> Apparently, food and life-saving drugs are not a priority. "Profit,
>>> Profit, Profit" is the slogan.
>> More:
>>    "It's easy to focus on cost and say how much is a product, but at the
>>    end of the day it's the total impact that's important. You can give
>>    people free software or computers, but they won't have the expertise
>>    to use it," he said. "Microsoft is not a helicopter dropping relief
>>    materials; we're there in the field."
>> Mobilize all MS Evangelists!
> Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "spread the Word", doesn't it?
> :-)


> Of course, Microsoft is entitled to (if one can call
> it that) charge what they think the market will bear.
> The good news is that Africa need not take them up on
> that offer; there is a free alternative that may even be
> higher quality.
> Namely, Linux.

Africa has realised that. That's why ballmer packed up his suitcase and ran
over there.


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