I came upon disclosures of contracts over $10K on the government of Canada’s website and found these sad entries:
- Canada Revenue Agency 2010-06-01 to 2013-05-31, $50,084,947.14
- Environment Canada 2008-04-01 to 2012-03-31, $8,986,204.42
- National Defence 22-5-2009, $895,282.00
There were a few entries ~$100K as well. The good news is that not every agency seems to be reporting huge cash-flows to M$ (I hope they are all reporting as they should…) but the bad news is that considering that these reports span a few years, there is probably a huge outlay queuing up on the horizon.
I consider money paid to M$ for permission to run the computers owned by the government a huge waste since GNU/Linux is available to manage resources on computers for $0 + the cost of installation. Really, the default software should be GNU/Linux just for the savings. $millions is a lot of money to waste. I expect if I had a complete picture the total would be closer to many hundreds of millions annually and then there are licences for the non-free applications on top of that. It’s all a waste considering the government could hire a few developers to keep all computers up to date using GNU/Linux for a fraction of the cost.
Want to have nightmares? Consider that Canada, on several occasions, paid M$ to be a consultant… Isn’t that a little like paying M$’s salesmen to sell licences to Canada? That contract was “competitively sourced”. I’m sure M$ wouldn’t charge too much for being allowed to put its foot in the door… Sigh.
Clearly, the government of Canada does not see M$ as its enemy despite public disclosures that M$ will do anything to make a sale.
Based on nothing more than a rumour that AOL and SUN were going to acquire Netscape, M$ set this assault in motion:
“This deal conï¬rms Microsoft’s argument that companies in the software industry work together all the time to advance their technology or their business interests. .The government appears to have an unfair double standard – when you look at these kinds of deals among other companies. its ridiculous that the government is attacking Microsoft for simply meeting with other companies to discuss potential areas of cooperation.
1) We will have either John Warden or Bill Neukom speak to the pool camera and the wires on the Courthouse steps at 9:40 as we enter the Courthouse. in addition. Neukom or Warden will conduct the noon brieï¬ng, since the government will undoubtedly be trying to spin that the deal doesn’t affect the government’s case in any way.
(Mark Murray will own)
2) Marcy Simon will assemble a b-roll package and radio sound bite package of the Courthouse steps comments and disseminate to all media. (Marcy)
3) We will go all-out to get a WSJ editorial saying how crazy the governments case is in light of these events – “free market has shown its way ahead of government intervention. government should butt out.” (Greg Shaw)
4) Our Government Affairs DC Team should call sympathetic conservative columnists, to push immediate columns on the same message. (Jack/Vivek)
5) Rick Rule should be available for media interviews all day Monday & Tuesday â€” both in court and outside of court hours. Rick has already talked to AP, WSJ, Washington Post and USA Today to get our messages into the advance stories. (RickIEdelman) _
6) Rick should call the top 10-12 antitrust “experts” who get quoted on our case. try to sell them on the idea that this fundamentally undermines the government’s case. (Rick/Edelman)
7) Bill Baxter â€”- we should pursue a couple of very high level interviews for Baxter â€” WA Post. NYT? We should also try to place an immediate Baxter op-ed saying “government ought to read the wnting on the wall and drop this case… This is just like the old IBM case he had to pull the plug on – the industry reinvents itself far faster than govemment could ever hope to intervene.” (Rick/Vivek)
8) Leverage Milton Friedman statement in the Valley on Saturday – Friedmanâ€˜s comments are exactly on point –
(a) Valley support for the Government’s lawsuit is suicidal; (b) govemment intervention will be bad for innovation and bad for consumers; (c) the industry will be totally changed before the govemment gets around to acting â€”- (as this deal shows). (Govt Aff)
9) Government affairs outreach to Congressional. state/local ofï¬cials and our core supporters who have been following the case. (Jackk/John Kellylvivekv) “
M$ sold the world garbage for decades…
“current PC technology is totally sufï¬cient for most office tasks and consumer desires and that any performance bottleneck is not in today’s PCs but in today’s COM pipes. This in itself might slow down replacement cycles and life time shortening until we ï¬nd true MIPS eating appIications”
see Exhibit 365
Why should the government of Canada do business with such a bully? Canada is much bigger and stronger than M$ and can make its own software or use FLOSS for everything.