“when we first started out we did contact Microsoft and told them what we wanted to accomplish. On our third attempt to contact them, we did receive a response. They offered us Windows XP SP1 at 50 dollars a license.”
Yep. (SARCASM)Billionaires are generous to charities.(/SARCASM) Ken Starks’ operation donated refurbished and other PCs to impoverished kids. Because of M$’s grinches Ken Starks discovered GNU/Linux and the rest is history:
“being snubbed by Microsoft was one of the greatest things that could have happened to us. That first year, my project placed 219 computers into the homes that needed them most. 219 children literally had the world at their fingertips. We couldn’t even afford 10 computers with the Microsoft licensing costs. “
Further, he writes that GNU/Linux is taking hold at his local Walmart 9 years later:
“Check the latest sales numbers for the various Chromebooks and Android phones this holiday season. I live in a little podunk town of less than 15,000 people and the Walmart here can’t keep Chromebooks on the shelves. Those Windows 8 “slablets” gathering dust day after day? They’re not doing so well, but our Walmart is getting ready to accept their third order of Chromebooks since Black Friday. Our mailman’s wife took on some part time work over the holidays at Walmart and she works in electronics. She sees it every day.”
So, M$ and “partners” have succeeded in making the world a miserable place for another decade but the end is in sight. The experience of Ken Starks was duplicated all over the world, including by me in northern Canada teaching in remote communities where that other OS just didn’t work. Total */Linux share in USA has tripled in the past year.