I think issues are being mashed up...
..we use TT-Exchange and Googles Charity donations for our small youth and community charity
Tied into my work place who donated bare bones computers.
We've got Windows 10, Office 2016, Adobe products and several other mainstream prices, for less than you would pay for a single MS office application.
In the back end, we use Gmail for our email clients and Google apps for other work, including maps, YouTube and Docs.
This has lead to the kids and others to get real world experience in using business applications, with real world certifications as well as helping people outside the "connected world" get online and skilled up.
Now here is what seems utterly wrong with the ranting article.
If I want IT equipment, I will approach IT companies, if I want pens and pencils, I'd approach a bloody stationary company first. For our basic cooking classes, surprisingly we asked local butchers and green grocers, for electrical work, we asked electricians.
Yes, we ask for money from others we wouldn't normally have anything to do with, but we always approach people in the trade first and foremost.