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Old 06-09-2007, 12:31 PM   #1
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How much does it cost to buy you? Do you have a price? Can you be paid off? I'm sure many of the CEO's and CTO's of various Linux companies are now asking themselves this very question this week (or should be asking themselves) as Microsoft announced yet another "patent deal"...this time, with LG Electronics.With this, the Xandros deal, the Novell Deal, and anything else Microsoft has up its sleeve (I look for several other distros to "indemnify" themselves in the next few months...for example, Linspire and Mandriva are two prime targets for MS...the bullseye is probably painted) I think that Microsoft has created it's own "Linux Distribution" so to speak. Let me share with you why I think they have...

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Old 06-09-2007, 12:58 PM   #2
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I highly doubt linspire will join microsoft
 
Old 06-09-2007, 01:31 PM   #3
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Paranoia obviously isn't just for MS people and RMS.

Article doesn't make any sense whatsoever to me - sorry about that.
 
Old 06-09-2007, 03:02 PM   #4
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me too, they obivously don't know much about linux
 
Old 06-10-2007, 08:21 AM   #5
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Even SCO got a few people to cough up when it first filed, but we can all see now that there were only a few gullible ones out there. Novell, Xandros and LG are the gullible ones this time, and we might see a small number more just because Microsoft is much better at FUD than SCO, but it isn't going to be many. And the GPLv3 is going to make these deals very interesting.
 
Old 06-10-2007, 10:25 AM   #6
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What does LG got to do with Linux???

The only thing they might be interested at some point maybe if the moon shines bright enough is to make some video appliance and people go out and make a huge deal out of some cross licensing agreement.

Novell and Xandros I can understand but in the case of LG it seems people just are ranting because it guarantees page hits.The guy doesn't even put his name on there but instead has advice on becoming a 'cool blogger' and a 'hip journalist'.

Frankly - I do get a little annoyed about this get a domain,setup a blog,do some blogging with buzzwords and than that is supposed to be news?

Besides it would be fun if MS made a Linux distro - RMS would be steaming and the GPL would be changed to disallow the distribution of anything.

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Old 06-10-2007, 10:45 AM   #7
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There will be more Linux distributions joining the MS umbrella. Linspire and Mandriva are the obvious most likely near term candidates. The contracts with LG and the other hardware manufacturers in the consortium specifically mention the use of Linux in their platforms.

The split in the Linux world between those who are primarily interested in monetizing it, and those who consider FLOSS to be its most important component is about to become a chasm. The idea that MS might produce their own Linux distribution is very reasonable. There would be lots of advantages in it for them, as far as testing the limits of the GPL is concerned.

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Old 06-10-2007, 01:20 PM   #8
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Sorry but I really don't see what the fuss is about.

There are cross licensing agreements all over the place (not only IT related either).
Those people are running a business and try to stay out of the FUD.It really seems like the FUD is lately coming from FOSS zealots not from MS.

How in the name of ... (insert whatever entity you believe in) would MS take over the open source world with those agreements? Just pls. point me to a link that explains it for mentally retarded guys like myself and please to a site that is no blog,wiki,pedia-whatever but some real life source of information.

Sorry bout being a pain in the ... but this anybody-blogging-about-anything-rants-and passes-it-off as-the-wholy-grail-or-real-news stuff is getting to me lately.

People that now to pick their own OS should now better than believing anything on the net.
 
Old 06-11-2007, 07:34 AM   #9
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Quote:
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What does LG got to do with Linux???
LG is a consumer of Linux, it apparently drives several of their products, and the deal with Microsoft "protects" their customers from lawsuits. So even though they don't contribute a thin dime to Linux, they are helping Microsoft advance the idea that Microsoft should get paid for every use of Linux.
 
Old 06-14-2007, 12:36 AM   #10
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I highly doubt linspire will join microsoft
Remind me not to depend on your prophetic gifts.
 
Old 06-14-2007, 08:06 AM   #11
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You are good. Can you give me a take on next weeks stock market, pleeeease.
 
Old 06-14-2007, 08:21 PM   #12
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lol, I guess I was wrong
 
  


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