Like the tobacco companies, Microsoft and others are very anxious to have young people use their software.

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Educator Jim Hutchinson on free software, Microsoft, and young people:

I am fairly new to the world of OSS and cannot fully claim to understand all the nuances or philosophies.. However, I do understand the nature of education and of technological in education. I also understand human nature as well as the big software companies. Like the tobacco companies, Microsoft and others are very anxious to have young people use their software. They know that once people get comfortable they rarely switch. I think it is almost criminal that MS is willing to explore an extremely cheap version of its software for developing countries through such projects as the One Laptop Per Child effort. They have suggested that they would like to develop a $3 version of Windows for the OLPC PCs. Why? Because they know that if those children learn Linux instead they will almost certainly never become Windows users and consumers. I believe MS sells Office to school districts very cheaply for the same reason – market saturation and vendor lock-in. Education is our best weapon. Once people understand the nature of software and develop a level of comfort with Linux and OSS tools then the proprietary model will crumble like every empire in history.

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