Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 17th Jun 2007 17:42 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "There's a rumour circulating that Ubuntu is in discussions with Microsoft aimed at an agreement along the lines they have concluded recently with Linspire, Xandros, Novell, etc. For the record, let me state my position, and I think this is also roughly the position of Canonical and the Ubuntu Community Council though I haven't caucused with the CC on this specifically. We have declined to discuss any agreement with Microsoft under the threat of unspecified patent infringements."
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M$ patents
by prymitive on Sun 17th Jun 2007 18:06 UTC
prymitive
Member since:
2006-11-20

Every word I've read about those "unspecified patent infringements" said that those patents are probably one big joke and MS not telling what they really are is proving this. If everyone knows that than Linspire, Xandros and Novell knows that too. If they are making any agreements about it that either they know more than others or there is a big fat bag of cash they got from MS. I will bet on the second possibility.

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RE: M$ patents
by flanque on Sun 17th Jun 2007 21:17 in reply to "M$ patents"
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2005-12-15

Why would they take a, "big fat bag of cash" to trade off their reputation and credibility amongst the community? The message was clear when Novell signed up. The community aggressively disagrees with it, so why would any other company in their right mind sign these so-called agreements under false pretenses if only to get a bag of money?

Surely the longer term benefit of turning their backs on the deal would be of higher value?

On the other hand, perhaps there is some validity to the claims? The lack of providing the specifics doesn't meant they don't exist. Personally, I think it would be foolish to announce to "the enemy" that you're coming for them, and then provide specifics on just how you intend on doing it.

Edited 2007-06-17 21:18

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RE[2]: M$ patents
by prymitive on Sun 17th Jun 2007 21:43 in reply to "RE: M$ patents"
prymitive Member since:
2006-11-20

Sometimes few $ in Your hand are better than reputation and credibility, specially when it does not turn into income and You got employee's to pay.
Nobody really knows if those claims are real or not, and we will keep wondering until MS finally tell us what they are. The thing is that they would be a joke if everyone would laugh about it, but now we got few companies who not only aren't laughing but they also are singing deals which protect them from those claims, this will make others to start looking at the whole thing more seriously. If MS wanted to make those claims be taken seriously without revealing details this sure is a good way.

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RE[2]: M$ patents
by Priest on Sun 17th Jun 2007 22:44 in reply to "RE: M$ patents"
Priest Member since:
2006-05-12

Personally, I think it would be foolish to announce to "the enemy" that you're coming for them, and then provide specifics on just how you intend on doing it.

MS is a monopoly. They could attack some Linux companies but could never kill Linux, and doing it would land them in some serious legal trouble.

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