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Windows Donations to Schools and Libraries: Charity or Tyranny?

Sep 18, 2009, 01:36 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Katherine Noyes)

"To wit: A recent post on the PC World blogs noted that the Gates Foundation -- which "has done a commendable job for the past ten years installing Windows computers in public libraries around the country," according to author Phil Shapiro -- still limits its support to Windows computers.

""While the purpose of these donated computers was not to maintain and expand Windows market share, the net effect of this philanthropy has been to do just that," he asserts.

"That may not be surprising, but it also shouldn't be the case, Shapiro argues. Public libraries, after all, are a place for inquiry, for learning and -- Linux Girl would hasten to point out -- intellectual freedom. Shouldn't they embrace software freedom as well?"

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