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Fears About Microsoft Return, in Mexico 238

Posted by timothy
from the but-what-is-that-in-pesos dept.
Z` points to this New York Times article, which begins: "While Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft, defended the company against charges of monopolistic practices before Congress this week, legislators in Mexico City prepared their own attack against a new agreement by Microsoft and the Mexican government that could drive millions of new Internet users into Microsoft's waiting arms by the end of the year."
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Fears About Microsoft Return, in Mexico

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  • by ChaoticCoyote (195677) on Sunday April 28, 2002 @08:28AM (#3424196) Homepage

    Consider, for a moment, that Slashdot and other pro-Linux sites trumpeted the introduction of Linux in Mexico. Did anyone think Microsoft wouldn't notice?

    Sometimes, it's best to tread softly and carry a big stick; if you yell too much about a potential success, some bigger fish might come along and eat your lunch. Microsoft perceived the Linux-Mexico initiatives as a threat, and reacted with their drug-dealer attitude: "The first one is free." It sounds *so* good, until you find your country trapped by a monopoly...

    Perhaps Linux needs to work harder and quiter, instead of bringing undue attention upon itself with artless boasting.

  • Mexican Developers (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Alien54 (180860) on Sunday April 28, 2002 @09:36AM (#3424326) Journal
    The deal presents such huge advantages for Microsoft in many critics' minds that several members of Mexico's Congress have begun to question how it came about. They say the Fox administration may have simply signed on to a Microsoft-written proposal with no debate of its wisdom or its implications for Mexico's software industry.

    Maybe this is the way that Microsoft can use to grow developers that will be cheaper for them to hire than those in the USA. They'll be able to hire them for less, and then export those expensive dev jobs over the border.

    What happened to manufacturing jobs in little towns all over the USA will now happen in other places as high paying dev jobs migrate over the border. They'll probably find that the product produced is completely up to Microsoft Standards.

    Of course, if you get a job flipping burgers, this means that you do not count as un-employed, even if you took a big pay cut.

    I do not believe that MS would ever be this evil. Really.

    I can see it now, people getting nostalgic for the days when you could be a serf for Microsoft, and live in the USA

  • by moose_hp (179683) on Sunday April 28, 2002 @11:13AM (#3424592) Homepage
    I dont really think that the problem with Linux here in Mexico is the introdution of Linux, most large universities here had some Linux subjets (only for computer science and informatics) and so. Here in my school (the university of Guadalajara, at the CUCEI) we are going to have an event called (free softway days (DSL in spanish)). Also in the work we are going to mount linux servers (I work for an school that Im not going to mention) in all the facilities. Here in Guadalajara you see at leats one Tux in every shoping mall (well considering that Guadalajara is called Mexican Sillicon Valley).

    But one big problem here is education, while like the third part of high schooll graduates enters to a large universities, everybody else enters to a cheap university where (whea you go it) they teach how to use MS Windows and MS Office, and computer tech that came from that schools never learned what and IP is...

    Most people here nows how to write a letter in word, how to avoid the password by pressing the escape key, and listen MP3's in winamp, also how to use the cheap app (that the whole enterprice) that some "$&#$&/() cheap coder wrote in COBOL some years ago, if you want to switch them, you have to have a solution for every need, that meand programs, capacitation, etc..

    Well Im soory that my opinion is mostly University around, but its mainly because is my environment...

  • by letxa2000 (215841) on Sunday April 28, 2002 @01:04PM (#3424992)
    You better know who you're greasing, and whether they're really on your side. Bribes are illegal (even in Mexico :) so if they don't really like you, they take your money and then you're arrested for trying to bribe a public official.

    I'm an American living in Mexico. No-one ever gets arrested for bribing in Mexico--not the briber or the person that accepts the bribe.

    Mexican studies have also shown that as much as 30% of Mexico's GDP is spent on bribes.

    Believe me, the politicians really don't care about protecting a "budding industry"--especially one such as Internet that very few people in Mexico even use. They'd rather just pocket the bribe, say, "Go ahead," and probably piss off next to no-one since few people use Internet and, of those people, few of the users know enough to realize that Microsoft will trample them.

  • by Abreu (173023) on Sunday April 28, 2002 @01:47PM (#3425133)
    As a mexican citizen, I am naturally leery of any plan made by my goverment with the support of private businessmen that supposedly is going to make my life better.

    It has always been a scam.

    It happened with NAFTA (where only the US benefits), it happened with the bank rescue (where only corrupt bankers and people with large ammounts of money in banks benefited), it happened with the privatization of the phone company... it has happened over and over and over again.

    The fact that Bill Gates and Carlos Slim are involed only make matters worse. I fear for the future...

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