Return of the Jedi...Er, Mandriva

Last week, we reported that Microsoft — which we affectionately like to think of as "The Empire" — had struck a blow against Linux in developing countries by destroying a Nigerian deal to provide Mandriva Linux to school-children.

We ended by questioning what would happen next, and now we know: Mandriva's Jedi have returned. In an unexpected double-take, the Nigerian government has overruled the local supplier that planned to replace Linux with Windows on 17,000 Intel PCs.

The government's stand doesn't seem to matter to Microsoft, though, as their local manager is claiming the government really does prefer Windows. Ordering 17,000 Linux PC's seems like a funny way of showing they love Windows...

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Justin Ryan is a Contributing Editor for Linux Journal.