"According to a press release from HispaLinux, Spain's national
Linux association, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's government is
finalizing a plan that would supply all children who attend state
schools with personal computers with touch-screens so to "promote
awareness within families of the usefulness of information and
communication technologies and encourage their use." Specifically,
we're talking about Microsoft technologies.
"Despite the enormous load this plan would have on the budget of
each autonomous region (which would have to foot the bill), and
hence, on the taxpayer, not a cent would find it's way back to any
Spanish company. The Spanish Ministry of Education has not
considered any other vendor apart form Microsoft, there hasn't been
a public contest, and the media and other vendors were not informed
about the pilot program until it was over. Furthermore, no other
alternative has been considered."