Summary: As Russia prepares to move to GNU/Linux Microsoft is sitting on its veins
A few months ago we revealed what Microsoft was doing in Russia in order to suppress or altogether prevent a nationwide migration to GNU/Linux. Now we have some more information that agrees with what we heard from eyewitnesses near the scene.
Meanwhile Microsoft has been lobbying hard by offering cut-price versions of its software. One school was offered $30 per machine.
Systems integrator ‘Compulink’ supplied 60,000 Russian schools with a package that includes as an operating system Windows XP, plus Microsoft Office, the dictionary Abbyy Lingvo 12, anti-virus software Kaspersky Work Space Security, Adobe Photoshop CS3 and more.
There is also an article in Russian, which Glyn Moody dissects in his blog.
[The contract for the supply of licensed software in schools during 2007-2009 was the system integrator "Compulink". Competition Rosobrazovanie numbered NP-17 meant the supply of 60 thousand Russian schools (650-700 thousand computers) license software package in 2007-2009. The package includes: operating system Windows XP, Microsoft Office, dictionary Abbyy Lingvo 12, anti-virus software Kaspersky Work Space Security, Adobe Photoshop CS3 and more. A source at the Federal Agency of Education knows that Microsoft has agreed to license the Windows on all PCs for about $ 20 million (about $ 30 per computer).]
Some people would blame “lack of funds”, but what prevents funds from being channeled into GNU/Linux in the first place? It’s all politics. There are other dirty tricks and FUD that we learned about, e.g. in Ukraine. █