Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Jun 2007 16:04 UTC, submitted by davidiwharper
Linspire Linspire has announced an agreement to license voice-enabled instant messaging, Windows Media 10 codecs, and TrueType font technologies from Microsoft for its Linux distribution. Additionally, Microsoft will offer protection to Linspire customers against possible violations of Microsoft patents by Linux.
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RE: Confused
by UglyKidBill on Thu 14th Jun 2007 17:48 UTC in reply to "Confused"
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I am confused with this deal. What is it Microsoft getting in return.

It gets yet another mean to build the myth that using Linux for free is potentialy risky... and that if you ae going to pay, then you might just as well pay for windows an have it easier with your apps and hardware.

I think this tactic is particulary targeted to the SMB arena, were migrating to linux is becoming more tempting than ever, feature and budget wise, and were a close end.user-IT.staff relationship easily generates familiarity and good PR for Linux.

Of course, MS is probably "convincing" this distributions into signing by showing some "infringed patents", seeing how awfuly those patents are being handed itīs quite likely. As for if those patents would stand... I doubt many people is anxious to have a legal battle against MS to find out. And THAT is the ace MS is using now.

Edited 2007-06-14 17:58

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