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Re: [News] Gates Foundation and Microsoft Give Free Software as 'Charity'?

Erik Funkenbusch <erik@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 30 Nov 2006 22:43:08 -0800, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> Gates Foundation expands worldwide Internet initiative
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>| Latvia's government will provide more than $21.1 million and
>>| Microsoft Latvia will provide more than $7.9 million in software.
>> `----                                                  ^^^^^^^^^^^
>> http://biz.yahoo.com/bizj/061130/1383732.html?.v=1
>> Bill Gates and Microsoft see a win-win situation here. People are
>> locked in to Microsoft products and at the same time they are perceived
>> as generous. It's similar to the issue of coupons for settlement in
>> antitrust cases. Software does not cost anything to manufacture
>> (replicate rather).
> As usual, Roy, your dishonest headlines are no surprise.
> The part you "forgot" to quote said this:
> "The largest of the three grants will go to Latvia, which will use $16.2
> million of the Gates money to put at least three computers in every library
> and to equip buildings with broadband and wireless connectivity. "
> In other words, The gates foundation is providing money, not software.
> 16.2 Million, to buy computers.  Microsoft Latvia is donating software, but
> the gates foundation is not, unlike what your dishonest headline portrays.

Nice of bill and mindy to donate so much to the homeless and poverty problem
right there in Seattle too.  





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