The government of Venezuela which supplies computers, was caught agreeing to buy 205K licences for “7” despite its own policies to prefer FLOSS. The blast in a blog by COLIBRIS is quite thorough and debunks all the usual myths trotted out to prop up the monopoly. They demand a reversal and other action.
- MYTH 1: “People prefer Windows”
- MYTH 2: “Windows is better”
- MYTH 3: “Give people opportunity to choose what they want”
- MYTH 4: “Canaima is difficult to use”
- MYTH 5: “Windows is for everyone”
- MYTH 6: “In Canaima, support is more complicated”
- Myth 7: “We must make the transition for people to adapt”
Besides debunking the myths, they list their own facts:
- FACT 1: The acquisition of 205 000 licenses harms national development
- FACT 2: It discourages those who work to develop our own technologies
- FACT 3: It strengthens the monopoly status of Microsoft at the expense of our own technologies
- FACT 4: He spends an important amount of currency that could be used on higher priority projects
- FACT 5: The 3390 Presidential Decree violates the Free Software
- FACT 6: violating Presidential Decree 6649 against luxury spending
- FACT 7: Microsoft has repeatedly tried to intervene in internal affairs of our country
- FACT 8: Microsoft supports legislation harmful to human rights and development of our people
Amen. They left out that M$ is evil but I guess one could sum it up that way. The sad thing is that after decades of monopoly people still have to prod others to fight for freedom. It should be obvious that promoting that other OS is weird/unnatural. The world can and does make its own software cooperatively.
I recommend Debian GNU/Linux for many reasons including having more control over IT. Allowing a remote corporation to run our IT is unnecessary, dangerous and wasteful.
VIT Cantv and Bs 53.7 million spent to buy Windows licenses: Why we disagree(Google Translation)