Microsoft proposed paying a government contractor under a joint marketing agreement, last year, to, “persuade him to replace Linux OS with Windows OS on thousands of school laptops,” says the story, quoting media reports.
A joint marketing agreement was drafted, but never executed, it has Thomas Hansen, regional manager for Microsoft West, East and Central Africa, stating, going on:
“It became clear, he added, that one customer wanted a Linux OS.
” ‘As such, the joint marketing agreement became irrelevant; no such marketing agreement was ever agreed to, and no money was ever spent,’ he said.”
Governments in Ghana, Namibia, Nigeria and South Africa have, “deployed Linux in departments and schools, but Hansen said that Microsoft has strong relationships with the governments in these countries,” the story adds.
IDG News Service – Microsoft denies paying contractor to abandon Linux, November 11, 2008
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