"This goes waaaaay back. We have reported about the
interest Microsoft has in installing its operating system on as
many schoolchildrens' laptops as possible here, here and here.
"Having lost the single Windows booting option in all regions in
Spain and having been ditched in most regions where single boot
machines with GNU/Linux over the proposed dual Window/Linux booting
is prefered, the people from Redmond have decided to move business
into the place where things usually work out best for them: the
"Just last Thursday, Eva Almunia, the Microsoft advocate in the
Spanish Education Ministry, held a surprise press conference where
she signed an agreement with Microsoft's María
Garaña, to all effects selling off the software real estate
of the first 4000 laptops (of a total of 400.000) to be given out
to primary schoolchildren next year."