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Linux Institute opposes Microsoft's Kenya laptop project

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The Linux Professional Institute has opposed a move by Microsoft to partner with the Kenyan government in an ambitious $2 billion laptop project.

During a visit last month, Microsoft International President Jean Philippe Courtois met with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and announced a training partnership, a move that has received mixed reactions. The plan calls for the government to issue a laptop to every child enrolling in primary school next year.

After the closed meeting with President Kenyatta, Microsoft announced that the partnership would fall under its "Partners in Learning Schools Program" but did not give particulars of whether the partnership will involve training and hardware or hardware at subsidised rates.

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