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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legal vs moral high ground
by niemau on Thu 28th Jun 2007 20:40 UTC
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first off, licensing codecs has nothing to do with bogus patents, mr. carmony.

secondly, so some greedy asshat megacorporations have lobbyists and dollars that can sway some equally greedy and morally bankrupt politicians into pushing restrictive and reprehensible IP laws. guess what? taking the 'legal' high ground and taking the 'moral' high ground are two extremely different things. i will never submit to the agenda of greed that you seem so eager to subscribe to. maybe some microsoft cronies showed you some patents, maybe not. by signing this sort of agreement, you're basically slapping the face of those that truly take the moral high ground. you're telling the world that you're just fine with ridiculous software patents that should never have been granted. since microsoft refuses to make public which patents are being violated, you are by proxy denying developers the chance to even attempt to clean our code of these alleged violations.

when it comes down to it kevin, you know damn well nobody's mad at you for 'trying to give customers choices'. furthermore, it's despicable that you'd pull that kind of double-speak.

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