Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Jun 2007 21:09 UTC, submitted by WillM
Linux The Linux community is splitting - right down the middle, at this point - over Microsoft's controversial claims that the open-source operating system infringes on patents it holds. Last Tuesday, Mandriva became the third Linux vendor within five days to say it isn't interested in signing a licensing deal with Microsoft to avoid possible infringement claims. A blog posting to that effect by Mandriva CEO Francois Bancilhon followed similar declarations by officials at Red Hat and Canonical.
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"Those who have to exchange data with those people, DO care about interoperability."

Open source developers have done an excellent job of allowing interoperability with closed standards, to aid people with their transition to superior open standards supporting software. Making deals with the MS software dictatorship is unnecessary and counterproductive, and shows an obvious lack of integrity by the offending Linux distros.

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