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 PostPost subject: Linspire Inspired To Sign Microsoft Linux Pact...        Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 9:51 pm 
On Thursday, Microsoft signed yet another Linux cross-licensing
agreement, this time with Linux desktop provider Linspire, calling the
pact a "technical collaboration ." As with Microsoft's recent parade of
similar deals with other companies, this one includes protection for
Linspire's customers against Microsoft's claims of Linux patent
infringements.
"Linspire will be providing its customers," said a joint press release, "with
the option of acquiring a patent covenant from Microsoft for customers
operating the Linspire desktop." The patent covenants, which customers
can choose whether or not to obtain, "provide customers with confidence
that the Linspire technologies they use come with rights to relevant
Microsoft patents."

Benefits Beyond Protection

Microsoft claims that the widely used Linux operating system and related
open-source software infringe on some 235 of its patents. While that
declaration is adamantly opposed by members of the open-source
community, the legal eagles at Microsoft have been busy making cross-
licensing deals with such companies as Novell, Samsung, LG Electronics,
Xandros, and others, to provide protection against the infringement
claim. Each license agreement has included protection for the partnering
company's customers from Microsoft claims of Linux patent infringement.

The Linspire agreement, much like the others, details a wide variety of
technical projects to "enhance interoperability and expand the
functionality of Linspire" for working with Microsoft products. These
projects include document format compatibility, including open-source
translators for OpenOffice and Microsoft Office. For instant messaging,
Linspire will use a Microsoft codec for voice-enabled interoperability
between Linspire's Pidgin instant messaging client and Microsoft's Office
Communicator and Windows Live Messenger clients.

New releases of Linspire will support Windows Media 10 audio and video
codecs, for better sharing of media files between the two customer
bases, and Linspire will license several Microsoft TrueType fonts.
Another notable part of the deal is that Windows Live Search will now be
the default search engine of Linspire 5.0. Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo
have been vigorously battling for search engine placements with their
partners.

Co-opetition Sets In

The deal between Microsoft and Linspire, as well as several others, is part
of the end stage of how the Redmond, Washington-based company has
been dealing with Linux, said Yankee Group analyst Laura DiDio. "First,"
she said, "there's deny, deny, deny. Then it's hostility: '[Linux is] a
cancer.' Then you get marketing and counter-marketing, to convince you
that my products are better."

Finally, she said, it's "pragmatic good sense, or 'co-opetition,'" which is
where Microsoft is now, as illustrated by this deal with Linspire and others.

Forrester analyst Chris Voce offered a similar perspective. He said that
this deal is more about bridge-building for Microsoft and the Linux camp
than about walling off patent partners. It is also, he pointed out, about
getting Windows Live Search and other Microsoft products or
translators "into as many hands as possible."

In the meantime, Voce pointed out that the I.T. directors at major
enterprises are not worried about being sued by Microsoft if they use
Linux, at least as far as he is aware

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 11:02 pm 
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this is TOTAL BS
microsoft has NO rights to any patents, and no doubt STOLE the opensource communities code and claimed it as their own SIMPLY TO ATTEMPT TO TAKE DOWN LINUX AS THEY ARE DOING NOW
well they'll have trouble when the meet the world that uses linux

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spaceship9 wrote:
this is TOTAL BS
microsoft has NO rights to any patents, and no doubt STOLE the opensource communities code


-> First, how can you claim that Micorosft has no right to any patents? This is a very strange claim.

-> Second, Do you have any proof? The opensource community's ideas are what give them value; only now are they beginning to to have the code part.
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and claimed it as their own SIMPLY TO ATTEMPT TO TAKE DOWN LINUX AS THEY ARE DOING NOW
well they'll have trouble when the meet the world that uses linux

I doubt its an atempt to take down Linux if you are copying them, especially if you remember that Linux is released under a liceanse that encourages copying :D
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On a more fun note, I feel this news is a bit funny that Microsoft is cooperating with the company that made a product formally named Lindows.

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look at IE7
then look at FF2
tell me IE7 didn't steal FF code
one thing
It's legal to do so
SO LONG AS CREDIT IS GIVEN
I can' prove MS copied linux code
BUT microsoft will need proof
that's the problem with linux... everyone is trusted
and microsft is the freaking devil
I mean SURE i use windows XP.... but I use and prefer 'nix
I ain't a linux cultist
but I know enough not to be a blind follower of microsoft...
they ain't all bad, but they're bad enough

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Eliminating competition is one of the things all big companies do and knowing Microsoft, I'm not surprised.

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