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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RE[4]: Withs and withouts
by niemau on Fri 29th Jun 2007 15:42 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Withs and withouts"
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The thing is, it's not extortion. The Linux vendors aren't charging anything for these patent covenants, which reflects the fact that they have no real value.

maybe i didn't sufficiently explain what i meant. i didn't mean that the linux vendors were extorting money from customers. extortion doesn't always involve the exchange of hard cash. i meant that microsoft is using their position to pull a 'do this and nothing unfortunate will happen to you' scenario. it's frighteningly mafia-esque, quite frankly.

it just seems that you're rather blasť about the gravity of the offense. you're apparently taking the typical position of 'the market will work itself out'. well, unfortunately, that's not how it really works. if that was the case we wouldn't have microsoft at all. if that was the case, we wouldn't have walmart. if that was the case, we wouldn't have any number of mega-bullies getting away with the abuses they are. sadly, consumers don't have the balls to put their money with their mouth is and change the system.

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