Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Jun 2007 21:09 UTC, submitted by WillM
Linux The Linux community is splitting - right down the middle, at this point - over Microsoft's controversial claims that the open-source operating system infringes on patents it holds. Last Tuesday, Mandriva became the third Linux vendor within five days to say it isn't interested in signing a licensing deal with Microsoft to avoid possible infringement claims. A blog posting to that effect by Mandriva CEO Francois Bancilhon followed similar declarations by officials at Red Hat and Canonical.
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Supreme Dragon
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"these deals were about interoperability, the very thing people have been bashing MS about for years now."

Interoperability means supporting open standards, not making sleazy deals with a ghastly monopolist.

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The ability of software and hardware on multiple machines from
multiple vendors to communicate.

Having eDirectory and Active Directory work transparently with one another is interoperability.

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Supreme Dragon Member since:

"Having eDirectory and Active Directory work transparently with one another is interoperability."

It is interoperability only for those that pay extortion money to MS. Open standards need to be supported to prevent vendor lock-in and give people a choice. Those that support closed standards don't really care about interoperability.

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