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 PostPost subject: Red Hat Says No to Microsoft 'Innovation Tax'        Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 10:06 pm 
Red Hat has dashed any hope of a cross-licensing deal with Microsoft,
standing on its previous statements issued in the wake of the deal that
Novell struck with Microsoft. "An innovation tax is unthinkable," Red Hat
said. "Activities that isolate communities or limit upstream adoption will
inevitably stifle innovation."

Controversy is erupting in the Linux community following news that
Xandros and Linspire opted for a pact with Microsoft , while Ubuntu and
Red Hat flat out rejected the advances.
The drama started last November, when Microsoft inked a deal with
Novell to foster interoperability and technical collaboration between the
open- and closed-source operating systems. Novell also got protection
from possible patent suits as part of the agreement.

Soon after, Microsoft came out with allegations that the open-source
camp is infringing on 235 of its patents, and the software giant began
making moves to form alliances with other Linux providers. The company
was successful in negotiating partnerships with Xandros and Linspire, but
has hit a wall with Ubuntu and Red Hat.

Microsoft Deal 'Unthinkable'

Microsoft made its intentions clear on Friday: It wants to work out a cross-licensing
deal with the largest Linux vendor on the market that would look much
the same as its recent agreements with Xandros and Linspire.

Red Hat quickly dashed all hopes, standing on its previous statements
from last November, issued in the wake of the controversial Novell deal.
Red Hat left no room for misinterpretation when it said the company
would not compromise on its open-source roots.

"An innovation tax is unthinkable," the company said in a statement.
"Free and open-source software provide the necessary environment for
true innovation. Innovation without fear or threat. Activities that isolate
communities or limit upstream adoption will inevitably stifle innovation."

Novell's deal with Microsoft is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, an
agreement that helped pull the SuSE Linux vendor out of financial straits.
Xandros and Linspire are much smaller companies that might not have
the financial resources to fight indemnification suits. Ubuntu and Red Hat,
by contrast, might have the financial stability to weather any potential
storm, said Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions and a
former Yankee Group Linux analyst.

Where Is the Benefit?

"Because there's a difference in the field on a vendor-by-vendor basis,
you have to wonder if this is about more than legal issues. You have to
wonder if it also has a lot to do with plain old money," Gardner said. "If
the largest distributors are not interested, then that leaves more of a
question mark about what these agreements are really about. Is it about
risk-reduction for the end users or is it about risk-reduction for the vendors?"

Gardner said he has plenty of questions about the deal. For example, he
posited, if getting agreements with companies that are in financially
precarious positions is Microsoft's way of bridging the gap between Linux
and Windows, then how meaningful will these agreements really be?

"If Microsoft's goal is to bring a reduction in risk to those enterprises that
have a mixed environment of Windows and Linux, then the deals with
some of the larger distributors would seemingly make more sense," Gardner said.

"The motivations here can't be just about the welfare and risk-reduction
of end users," he concluded. "There has to be some alternative motive
and it's very likely that there's a hope on Microsoft's part that it can stem any loss of market share [to] desktop Linux."

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 11:57 pm 
Is there a reason why I can't post in the News section, it appears as
though it's only my posts that get moved here from the general chat
section, in looking at other members articles here I notice that none others
are ever moved here, only mine, or am I missing something...
Whenever I attempt to post here i get a message that reads
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KenOath wrote:
Is there a reason why I can't post in the News section, it appears as
though it's only my posts that get moved here from the general chat
section, in looking at other members articles here I notice that none others
are ever moved here, only mine, or am I missing something...
Whenever I attempt to post here i get a message that reads
"Sorry, but only moderators can post topics in this forum."
Not that it bothers me at all though, just thought I'd ask...


No, it seems the permissions are wrong. No others get moved because they're not of interest :wink:

I've fixed the permissions so you should be able to post there now.

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