Just thought this should be more widely known:
It appears that Microsoft has negotiated a deal to install their software in public telecentres throughout South Africa. The Shuttleworth Foundation's position, that "there are many software alternatives in open source", starts to sound a little hollow; if Microsoft is offering to install and maintain the software, what open source company is going to offer such a service for free, even if the software is free as in beer?
Microsoft is offering the better deal. Yes, I know it's not better in the long run and morally and all that, but what can be done?