Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Jul 2007 12:49 UTC, submitted by Captain Pirate
Legal "We can read the Linspire-Microsoft patent agreement now, or more precisely Microsoft's 'Covenant to Customers', and I thought it would be worthwhile to give it a close, line-by-line reading. I'll explain it as best I can, but ask your lawyer if it matters to you in a real-world sense. For our purposes here, let's just have fun with the worst deal I've seen yet in this category."
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RE: PJ gets it
by ubit on Tue 24th Jul 2007 03:47 UTC in reply to "PJ gets it"
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"[1] One goof from PJ I recall is some big stink she raised about some Novell OpenOffice "fork" a while back"

I don't believe that's a goof, since Novell is incorporating Microsoft macro capabilities into their version, and has committed to OOXML. Could I read a Novell-OO.org created document with those features in my Ubuntu version of OO.org?

Now that we see all the patent deals with Linux distributors (Novell, Xandros, Linspire) have included the obligation to promote and code Microsoft's proposed document standard OOXML, I think it's very important to point that out. Especially since there are some very fishy activites around the standards technical committees, like what happened in Portugal where MSFT chaired the committee and refused to let Sun and IBM in on the meeting.

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