Update on viva FOSSFA, viva – now #OpenSF, #FOSSFA & #Idlelo6

Update on viva FOSSFA, viva – now  #OpenSF, #FOSSFA & #Idlelo6

Thank you Seun, Tomslin for your update on the relationship M$FT is*reinforcing* with the government of Kenya.

A personal analysis of what you and the former PS of ICT, Bitange Ndemo,have written:

1. It’s a given that Jean-Phillipe Courtois (J-P) wants all computers /laptops / netbooks / tablets / other mobile devices and game consols in Kenyan education to operate with M$FT OS. In fact, he wants*everything* to run on M$FT OS, in Kenya, Africa and the rest of theuniverse.

2. If J-P got wind of a (public) promise (did this promise possibly coincide with elections?) to buy 1 million ‘laptops’ to ‘give’ to primary school children (perhaps a Negroponte OLPC or Intel Classmate proposal revisited?) then he’ll obviously insist on a first option to support the education sector’s teachers, given M$FT’s typical*generosity-cycle* in renegotiating *Open* Licence Agreements with government ICT buying powers ?

In this regard I’ve always been depressed by the fact that Microsoft, in striking lucrative *Open* licence agreements (which also help to identify their *preferred* in-country gold dealership(s)) with governments, is *not* forced to go through any kind of *open* government tender process defining the standards expected of operating systems and associated proprietary application software bundles. Does any government in Africa subject M$FT to a tender process to secure an operating system licence? I doubt it!

Why GOLD dealerships? The minimum revenue threshold determined by M$FT varies by region and technical competency (it’s set at higher than $200,000 a year in the UK, so resellers must ensure that from the autumn 2012 they are hitting that target to keep hold of the GOLD badge when renewal comes up a year later. A Gold dealer gets a fee for directly transacting a license sale, or, in a departure from the past, gets recognised for *influencing* a project so that additional licences are flogged, even if the business is fulfilled by one large account reseller. Monumental greed I say:-).

3. In fact, can anyone confirm whether this government M$FT open licence agreement is applicable, and up for renewal in Kenya? If so, then the latest J-P media hype is explained.

4. ” Work with different partners to Train ALL Primary School Teachers computers (more than 260,000) to enable them implement computer to schools programme by January.” ? Seriously? Using partners who have been engaged in such *monumental* outcomes elsewhere? ICDL? GeSC? Let’s hear who these partners are with the capacity to “train” 260,000 teachers – computer literacy – within 6 months?

5. “at least five enterprises in each County to provide technical support in Hardware, Connectivity and Software to all schools within each County” ? This presupposes that there are that many M$FT dealerships in each of Kenya’s counties?

6. “Develop a research and innovation hub at Konza Technology Park to support software developers in the region.” What happened to their promises for a similar development at Rwanda’s and Namibia’s and ….and etc., Technology Parks, Innovation Hubs, TechDev Labs and whatever other cool emulations of silicone have been promised to developing countries to make like Ireland? Read between the lines – and ask what such a promise actually means in terms of philanthropic commitment to Kenya by M$FT.

7. “Work with other Hardware manufacturers to develop a sustainable model that includes local assembly of computers as well as local software and content development that can be replicated in other African countries” –  Intel and Sahara ?? Will we see these empires spread their wings to incorporate cheap(er) labour opportunities in Kenya? This promise is cliched and tiresome – simply take a look at your own Julisha II National ICT survey:

” Consumers account for the largest IT spending by sector, at 28.4 percent, followed by the communications sector (media and telecommunication firms) which account for 24 percent. Government accounts for 8 per cent, banking 7.9 percent while process manufacturing 6.3 percent.

The country has between 20 to 30 vendors (with direct links to multinationals) and an equivalent number of resellers. Tier 1 value added resellers – firms dealing with enterprises and less with small and medium enterprises number between 30 and 40, while Tier 2 value added resellers who deal mainly with SMEs number between 80 and 120.

The survey revealed that of the local firms that had invested in neighbouring countries, 24 percent had invested in Uganda, 20 percent in the larger Tanzanian market and 14 percent in the equally large Ethiopian market. 16 percent had established in Rwanda, 6 percent in South Sudan and 4 percent in Burundi.”

A lot of ammunition for your tweetup and a subsequent comprehensive framework of issues to cover with your men from the ministry!


 “Tomslin Samme-Nlar” wrote:>
> > Hi all,> >> > This must have been miss-understood because the government of Kenya> > promised to purchase and give 1 million laptops to standard 1(one) pupils> > next year. This plan is on going then Microsoft cames into the game, and I> > don’t think it is to donate computers but the outcry was, I think the> > community understood M$ wants the laptops being given to the pupils by the> > gov’t to run M$ windows.> >> > Now, see below what the former Kenyan PS for ICT had to to say about this,> > on the list on which this discussion was happening:> >> > START OF COMMENT >>>>>>>>>>>>> >> >> > From: Bitange Ndemo
> > Date: Tue, Jun 4, 2013 at 8:18 PM> > Subject: Re: [kictanet] President Kenyatta secures Microsoft support for> > computers

> >> > Barrack,> > As I promised, Prof. Godia accepted to respond to your questions on> > Kicktanet. 
> >> > I attended the State House function and Microsoft agreed to do the> > following:> >> > 1. Work with different partners to Train ALL Primary School Teachers> > computers (more than 260,000) to enable them implement computer to schools> > programme by January. They are ready to start as soon as the Government> > of Kenya gives the go-ahead to start the programme at County level;> > 2. Work with different partners to develop and train at least five> > enterprises in each County to provide technical support in Hardware,> > Connectivity and Software to all schools within each County; and> > 3. Develop a research and innovation hub at Konza Technology Park to> > support software developers in the region.> > 4. Work with other Hardware manufacturers to develop a sustainable model> > that includes local assembly of computers as well as local software and> > content development that can be replicated in other African countries> >> > This will go a long way in realzing our President’s commitment to> > achieving his promises to the Kenyan people.> >> > Regards> >> >> > Ndemo.> >


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