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-Simon Phipps wrote,
You missed the last sentence of that paragraph: "Unless Microsoft makes an intervention and gifts 
Microsoft Office."
Too much publicity too early might not be helpful. Do we have anyone from Pardus in the community 
to advise us?


I wroted that blog post, and thanks to Florian bringing the subject to here.

It was really a good decision to select LibreOffice as the default
office suite. But as Simon's worries, you may get worried about
Microsoft's possible interventions.

Well, as we all know, they will surely will :). As they did before. We
should accept the fact that, Microsoft is a very powerfull company and
has long arms, as their well organized professionals will never stop.

As you may see in that blog post, Microsft Windows added the to the
final version of the tender documents. We have heard that Pardus was
the only OS in the tender docs, we had intel about that, and confirmed
it from different sources. But somehow the final versions included
Microsoft Windows.

This was not strange, as it is the marketting list, you may see this
situation on the bargaining view. Pardus worked as a bargaining chip
too. With this manoeuvre Microsoft's licence prices were nearly
0(rumorus say that it is even minus).

Now, i think there is no need to worry about. Situation is quite
clear, tender docs finalized with addendums, they are published and
the first phase of the tender was awarded to Vestel A.Ş. for  3.657
schools 84.921 Interactive smart boards.

There is only way for Microsoft Intervention; gifting Microsoft
Office... As we see it in the Addendum's Question-Answers part,
tendereres questions(which is more like an offer) as follows:

Page 30, Item 2.39.7

Amendment request:

In the tecnical specifications of the tender file, the item 4.7 and
4.12 points that various document formats will be supported. It is our
opinion that a production suite which will work with this document
format flawless and suits with international standards(as
ISO)................... (some useless "words"-sorry for that it is
23:47 pm :))...... In consideration of this findings, it will be
advised that adding the following clause to the item 2.39.7 "Microsoft
Office Starter 2010, free of Charge" will be in favour of the
administration, and it will be required for a unproblematic user

The answer of the tender committee is as follows:

"As the firm is not directly related to the tender, no answer is given."

This means, the committee stands strong, and it is their trupm of
having LibreOffice.

Well, will Microsft be gifting MS Office, yes surely they will, it is
vital for their sustain their envirioment. But the gifting is not
decided by the tender docs. May be delivering the DVD's school by
school, or a surprise package by the contractor company...We don't

By preffering free software(both Pardus GNU/Linux and LibreOffice)
Turkish government saved a lot of money. If they were not even
mentioned, the license costs will be a big burden for the funding of
the project. This issue may be used as a sample case for the marketing
works of LibreOffice.

So, there is no worry to be silent, on the contrary, we need people's
voice. Microsoft is a very big compainy, one of the worlds
powerfull... They hear everything, and always they are one jump ahead.
Their employers -especially- in the developing markets are very
professional and powerfull people, so they already know, already
planning everything, which we are unable to see or calculate...

So don't worry, we had the same dilemma with the decision of Pardus
for Interactive smart boards. The thing we experienced that, talking
with high volume is better, public support is the key thing, if you
have enough public support things will not be easy for them. The only
thing remains is the public opinion and support.

There is a word in Turkish,

Water sleeps, but enemy does not!

So just relax, it will be nice for sharing this news :)

*Also you may see the LibreOffice amendment on the
Zeyilname(Addendum)-> Fatih Projesi Zeyilnamesi-MEB-Page 31
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Official project page:(oops some English content has just added:

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