Πάντως αγαπητέ μου μόλις έχεις νεότερα κάλο θα ήταν να μας ενημέρωσηςtheo wrote:Πάντως δεν έχω νεότερα μέχρι τώρα
European Commision wrote:Subject: SA.32999 (2011/CP) -— Cyprus - Cypriot Ministry of education and Culture Grant for Laptop with Microsoft Software
In the above-mentioned matter, you sent n complaint to the Commission concerning alleged (indirect) State aid to Microsoft. consisting in grants to students Rn purchasing a computer with the specification that the computer should contain Microsoft software (operating system), The Commission services forwarded the non-confidential version of your complaint to the national authorities, They have provided reasoning why in their opinion the issue does not/no longer involve unlawful aid. In particular, they explain that they have modified the requirement to allow also other, equivalent. software. According to the authorities, the requirement now reads as follows· "Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium Edition latest version installed before delivery" (emphasis added), thus allowing students to choose and buy other operating systems such as, e.g., MAC OS or Linux.
On this basis. we have decided to close the File.
Windows 7 Home Premium Edition ή ισοδύναμο, τελευταία έκδοση εγκατεστημένο πριν την παράδοση
We would like to thank you for your efforts in this case. We have repeatedly contacted with the ministry in the past but we were largely ignored.
Regarding this new development I must inform you that we are NOT satisfied. The persistence of the Ministry not to mention by name competitive products to MS Windows 7 enhances our fears that the Ministry will continue its anti-competitive policy in favor of Microsoft.
The word "equivalent" is a very vague term and there is no clear interpretation for what the Ministry considers equivalent operating system. The student's parents could easily interpret this as an other equivalent version of Windows 7. They will also not risk to buy a laptop with a non Microsoft operating system since it is not specified what is equivalent to it.
We are also puzzled on the fact that they did bothered to put the "equivalent" clause in their announcement but they find so hard to mention by name other competitive products. Mentioning just Windows 7 isn't that a form of indirect advertisement of a product?
So we urge you not to close this case but continue to pursue it until the Ministry of Education of Cyprus mentions other Desktop operating systems such as Linux and MAC OS X.
Theodotos Andreou on behalf of
Cyprus Ubuntu Loco Team
l refer to our letter cf 14 March 2012, by which we informed you of the closure of the proceeding after: the Cypriot authorities modified the: eligibility requirements for the student grunt fur computers, by allowing computers with Microsoft Operating System "or equivalent".
l also refer to your email of 15 March 2012 in which you express your dissatisfaction with the closure of the procedure because you find that the reference to "equivalent" could be misleading and that other operating systems such as, e,g,, MAC OS or Linux should he explicitly mentioned in the requirements.
In our opinion, the reference to "or equivalent” sufficiently allows other operating systems of other producers, If however you hear of any concrete refusals by the Cypriot authorities to provide the grant tn students purchasing a computer with an operating system other than Microsoft but equivalent, we would be glad to hear about this and look into such refusals.
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