Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Jun 2008 23:55 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Oracle and SUN In what seems like a battle of ants in a case full of lions, Practical Technology has learned that Xandros has bought Linspire. "In an announcement that was sent out today, June 30, to Linspire stockholders, CEO Larry Kettler wrote that the stockholders had decided to sell all of Linspire's assets. This deal specifically includes Linspire, Freespire, and the company's distribution agnostic CNR (Click 'N Run) desktop installation platform." Not everyone is very happy with this one, though.
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RE[3]: What a waste of Money.
by sbergman27 on Wed 2nd Jul 2008 14:08 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: What a waste of Money. "
sbergman27
Member since:
2005-07-24

It was not Corel's choice. As I remember it MS bought a bunch of Corels non voting stock to help them from going bankrupt (And keeping up the appearance that MS had comp in the Office suite sector) and in the deal Corel had to give up its Linux program.

It is possible that the deal required that. However, all that exists now, and existed then, was a bunch of speculation of the "conspiracy theory" variety, which should not be presented as fact today. Back in 2000, I personally do not think that MS cared all that much about Linux, despite the fact that some thought they were terrified of it. Much as some people do today. Except that there may be a somewhat more solid foundation for that belief today.

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Windows Sucks Member since:
2005-11-10

Back in 2000, I personally do not think that MS cared all that much about Linux, despite the fact that some thought they were terrified of it. Much as some people do today. Except that there may be a somewhat more solid foundation for that belief today.


I might go with that but for the fact that Microsoft wrote the first of the "Halloween" documents in 1998

From Wikipedia:

"The first Halloween document, requested by senior vice-president James Allchin for the attention of senior vice-president Paul Maritz and written by Microsoft program manager Vinod Valloppillil, was leaked to Eric Raymond in October 1998, who immediately published an annotated version on his web site. The document contained references to a second memorandum specifically dealing with Linux, and that document, authored by Vinod Valloppillil and Josh Cohen at Microsoft, was also obtained, annotated and published by Raymond. Microsoft has since admitted the documents' authenticity.

Marked "Microsoft confidential", they identify open-source software, and in particular the Linux operating system, as a major threat to Microsoft's dominance of the software industry, and suggest ways in which Microsoft could disrupt the progress of open source software.

These documents acknowledged that free software products such as Linux were technologically competitive with some of Microsoft's products, and set out a strategy to combat them. The documents were embarrassing largely because they contradicted Microsoft's public pronouncements on the subject."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween_Documents

It's a well known fact that before 2000 MS was seriously worried about Linux.

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Yes. Good point about the first (and best) Halloween document. Having been a Unix advocate for a little over 20 years, sometimes it all kind of blurs together and it is hard to remember exactly what the atmosphere was in 1991, or 1996, or 2000. I stand corrected. :-)

Edited 2008-07-02 15:27 UTC

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