An open letter to Steve Ballmer

Mandriva CEO François Bancilhon sends an open letter to microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Read about what he is saying after an intervention of microsoft in a deal mandriva has with nigerias government. I don’t use mandriva but I find that his letter show how microsofts business character is…


We actually closed the deal, we took the order, we qualified the software, we got the machine shipped. To conclude, we did our job. And, the machine are being delivered right now.
Now, we hear a different story from the customer : “we shall pay for the Mandriva Software as agreed, but we shall replace it by Windows afterward.”
Wow! I’m impressed, Steve! What have you done to these guys to make them change their mind like this? It’s quite clear to me, and it will be to everyone. How do you call what you just did Steve? There is various names for it, I’m sure you know them.
Of course, I will keep fighting this one and the next one, and the next one. You have the money, the power, and maybe we have a different sense of ethics you and I, but I still believe that hard work, good technology and ethics can win too.

The full letter can be read at mandrivas blog.

Source: lwn.net

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