Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Jun 2007 16:04 UTC, submitted by davidiwharper
Linspire Linspire has announced an agreement to license voice-enabled instant messaging, Windows Media 10 codecs, and TrueType font technologies from Microsoft for its Linux distribution. Additionally, Microsoft will offer protection to Linspire customers against possible violations of Microsoft patents by Linux.
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Does no one remember history ?
by Nikato on Fri 15th Jun 2007 02:21 UTC
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Linspire (back when they were still Lindows) was the very first company to sign an agreement with Microsoft. Remember the high-profile lawsuit where Michael Robertson and Microsoft went to court over the possible invalidation of Microsoft's illegally obtained "Windows" trademark. From what I understand Lindows came extremely close to winning the case but would have run out of money in the process. The Codecs about which this story was written were given to linspire as part of the $200 million settlement for them to drop the case against Microsoft. Lindows won, Microsoft folded. They Licensed Windowsmedia and other technology to lindows provided they change their name and drop the case. This agreement simply builds on that. those who were going to use linspire "before" and not "after" this non-event are simply showing their ignorance. Most of the wonderful things Linspire did after the settlement helped to build an open freespire and other fine foss apps (lsongs, lphoto, Gizmo, etc.)

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sbergman27 Member since:

I'm often accused of being one of those pragmatic types who doesn't really care about freedom.

Well... caring about freedom *is* pragmatic and pragmatism can be used as a tool by those who do care about freedom. (The two concepts are orthogonal, after all.)

And my pragmatic view of this deal, as things stand today and not back around 2000, is:


Pardon my outburst. But it seems the pragmatic view to me right now.

* Edit: It would seem that the OSNews profanity filter decided to get creative with my "outburst", so I changed the spelling. ;-)

Edited 2007-06-15 02:49

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