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The big condom for Gates

I was surprised  when  our state Government in Bangalore decided to tie up
with MS for setting up  its portal when it has so much support  in town and
much  against a process started  some time back to use open source   and
linux for the state government portal and other activities.

Am yet to get any response  from my users group friends in bangalore.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark J. Dulcey" <mark at>
To: "Jerry Feldman" <gerald.feldman at>
Cc: <discuss at>
Sent: Thursday, November 14, 2002 2:47 PM
Subject: Re: The big condom for Gates

> Jerry Feldman wrote:
> > I came across the following two articles. The first, is that Bill Gates
> > greeted to India with an 8 foot condom. Thje second is that he pledged
> > to fight HIV, and $421M to fight Linux.
> That was $100 million, not $100. And characterizing the $421 million that
Microsoft plans to spend in India as "fighting Linux" is a stretch; surely
some part of that is meant to further their own business, rather than
undercut a competitor. But I guess we can't expect a completely unbiased
report from a publication that claims it's "biting that hand that feeds IT".
> I don't have any problem with praising Bill Gates for his charitable
activities. But I'll make sure to criticize his uncharitable ones toward
users and competitors as well. But I think that the Register article went a
bit over the top.
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