An interesting battle up in West Africa. French Linux vendor, Mandriva, closed a deal with the authorities to supply software and support for 17 000 desktop PCs destined for schools in Nigeria. That was in mid-August.

Behind the scenes Microsoft struck a deal with the local company installing the PCs, Technology Support Center (TSC), to wipe Linux and install Windows on instead. Apparently, Redmond was going to give TSC a $400 000 marketing rebate for doing so. Now, however, a government agency funding 11 000 of the PCs has overruled the supplier. Read the whole story here.