Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Jun 2007 18:51 UTC, submitted by WillM
Linspire Kevin Carmony, CEO of Linspire, writes: "With the recent news of several Linux vendors entering into partnership agreements with Microsoft (Novell, Linspire, Xandros), there has been much debate recently about two factions of Linux forming. Saying that Linux is going to be torn in two, makes for good press and lively debates, but this is certainly nothing new for Linux."
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Fine words butter no IP
by moleskine on Thu 28th Jun 2007 20:38 UTC
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It's easy to see why Linspire entered into this agreement, something they are completely free and entitled to do.

This article explains why Linspire entered into an agreement with Microsoft. But it does not address why Microsoft entered into the agreement. Were or are Microsoft and Linspire singing from the same sheet with the same ends in view? I don't know, but I'll quote something from Microsoft's own press release announcing the deal which Mr Carmony doesn't mention:

"Intellectual Property Assurance

"Through the agreement, Microsoft and Linspire have developed a framework to provide patent covenants for Linspire customers. The patent covenants provide customers with confidence that the Linspire technologies they use come with rights to relevant Microsoft patents. As well, Linspire now joins a growing group of open source software (OSS) distributors collaborating with Microsoft on efforts to establish rich interoperability, deliver IP assurance to customers and build the bridge between open source and proprietary software."

Given the recent history of Microsoft's comments on Linux, the world is going to take those words in a certain way. So, some folks may conclude that either Mr Carmony has been co-opted into something he didn't bargain for - in which case perhaps he seems to have been rather reticent in issuing a clarification - or he thinks this is OK. But then I could easily have missed something. It would be interested to know whether Linspire saw and approved Microsoft's wording before the press release went out. The article's a nice try and makes some good points as his articles usually do, but no cigar imho.

Edited 2007-06-28 20:44

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