Mandriva Linux Pwned by Microsoft

Mandriva LinuxFrancois Bancilhon, French editor of Mandriva Linux, recently published an open letter to Steve Ballmer on Mandriva’s corporate blog.

In his letter, he relates that a few months ago, his corporation won a deal where 17000 PCs destined to Nigerian Schools would be equiped with his Linux distribution.

We recently closed a deal with the Nigerian Government. Maybe you heard about it, Steve. They were looking for an affordable hardware+software solution for their schools. The initial batch was 17,000 machines. We had a good deal to respond to their need: the Classmate PC from Intel, with a customized Mandriva Linux solution. We presented the solution to the local government, they liked the machine, they liked our system, they liked what we offered them, especially the fact that it was open, and that we could customize it for their country and so on.

Strangely, the Nigerian government recently changed its mind and even if they’re still buying Mandriva’s solution, they’ll be replacing the OS on each system with Windows right after receiving them.

We actually closed the deal, we took the order, we qualified the software, we got the machine shipped. To conclude, we did our job. And, the machine are being delivered right now.

Now, we hear a different story from the customer : “we shall pay for the Mandriva Software as agreed, but we shall replace it by Windows afterward.”

Wow! I’m impressed, Steve! What have you done to these guys to make them change their mind like this? It’s quite clear to me, and it will be to everyone. How do you call what you just did Steve? There is various names for it, I’m sure you know them.

Anyone feel like expressing their thoughts on this?

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22 Responses to Mandriva Linux Pwned by Microsoft

  1. I don’t get what happened here – how do we know Microsoft did anything and why would they buy the Mandriva OS AND Windows??

    • Nick: 1- Nigeria buys Mandriva’s Linux solution along with 17000 PCs.
      2- Mandriva’s ship the Linux boxes to Nigeria.
      3- The Nigerian government formats all machines and setup Windows on them… even if they already paid for Mandriva… I’m sure MS sticked their pointy nose in the deal somewhere.. Maybe they gave Windows to Nigeria so that the country wouldn’t run a competing OS… maybe something else happened, nobody knows..

  2. Well, have you ever heard the old saying: “Money talks?” I’m fairly sure that Microsoft made a deal with some people in power over at Nigeria so that they would receive a generous “bonus” if they agreed to put Doze on these systems.

  3. I don't get what happened here – how do we know Microsoft did anything and why would they buy the Mandriva OS AND Windows??

    • Nick: 1- Nigeria buys Mandriva's Linux solution along with 17000 PCs.

      2- Mandriva's ship the Linux boxes to Nigeria.

      3- The Nigerian government formats all machines and setup Windows on them… even if they already paid for Mandriva… I'm sure MS sticked their pointy nose in the deal somewhere.. Maybe they gave Windows to Nigeria so that the country wouldn't run a competing OS… maybe something else happened, nobody knows..

  4. Well, have you ever heard the old saying: “Money talks?” I'm fairly sure that Microsoft made a deal with some people in power over at Nigeria so that they would receive a generous "bonus" if they agreed to put Doze on these systems.

  5. They found out that Nigerian spamware only runs on Windows.

    Seriously though, I have no idea why Bancilhon is bitching about this. He made the sale. Now STFU.

    For all you weenies that think there is some type of conspiracy, it is likely a very simple explanation, such as compatibility, familiarity, etc.

    Wanna talk about a coup? Remember the so-called 100 dollar laptop for the OLPC that was supposed to run its own open source software? Now those cheap laptops will all be able to run windows, or a stripped version of it.

    • These 17000 PCs will be used to train kids in the country’s official revenue generator :)

      “Hello, I’m Michael Bambourha, son of the deceased and beloved senator Miguel Bamboura… I am currently in posession of…”

  6. They found out that Nigerian spamware only runs on Windows.

    Seriously though, I have no idea why Bancilhon is bitching about this. He made the sale. Now STFU.

    For all you weenies that think there is some type of conspiracy, it is likely a very simple explanation, such as compatibility, familiarity, etc.

    Wanna talk about a coup? Remember the so-called 100 dollar laptop for the OLPC that was supposed to run its own open source software? Now those cheap laptops will all be able to run windows, or a stripped version of it.

    • These 17000 PCs will be used to train kids in the country's official revenue generator :)

      "Hello, I'm Michael Bambourha, son of the deceased and beloved senator Miguel Bamboura… I am currently in posession of…"

  7. I hate Microsoft just as much as the next Linux nerd but I don’t think they did anything wrong this time. I’m thinking the Nigerian government just realized they couldn’t install the most popular software and that the interface wouldn’t be what most people are used to so they just installed Windows.

  8. I hate Microsoft just as much as the next Linux nerd but I don't think they did anything wrong this time. I'm thinking the Nigerian government just realized they couldn't install the most popular software and that the interface wouldn't be what most people are used to so they just installed Windows.

  9. I don’t see what the big deal is people make about Microsoft. Their products work for what I got them for. If anything, Nigeria bought the Linux because it may have been cheaper for them. Then Microsoft may have donated all the Windows they need via Gates Foundation. When it comes down to it, Microsoft has good people. People just don’t like the fact that most people use Windows =P.

  10. I don't see what the big deal is people make about Microsoft. Their products work for what I got them for. If anything, Nigeria bought the Linux because it may have been cheaper for them. Then Microsoft may have donated all the Windows they need via Gates Foundation. When it comes down to it, Microsoft has good people. People just don't like the fact that most people use Windows =P.