Mandriva CEO Suggests Microsoft Bribed Nigerian Officials

Lora Bentley

Linux vendor Mandriva recently beat out Microsoft on a contract to provide the software for Intel's low cost Classmate laptops in Nigeria. But according to, Nigerian officials reportedly have had a change of heart. They have notified Mandriva that its contract will be honored, but its software will be replaced by Microsoft products.


In response to the news, Mandriva's CEO used the company blog to write an open letter to Microsoft and CEO Steve Ballmer, accusing the company of "unscrupulous business tactics" -- even implying that the software juggernaut bribed Nigerian officials:

What have you done for these guys to change their mind like this? It is pretty clear to me, and it will be clear to everyone. How do you call what you just did, Steve, in the place where you live?

Microsoft simply says Nigeria changed its mind because Microsoft software better meets the country's needs, according to

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