Microsoft trying a deal with Red Hat Linux
After the success with Linspire, Xandros and Novell , Microsoft is trying to do a deal with Red Hat Linux:
“We’d love to do the same deal with Red Hat,” said Tom Robertson, general manager of corporate interoperability and standards at Microsoft. “We’re always open to talking with them”
But too bad the sentiment was not the same for RedHat Linux:
“We continue to believe that open source and the innovation it represents should not be subject to an unsubstantiated tax that lacks transparency,”
2 things are clear:
1. MS is really care about live.com
2. Is seeing linux like a threat.
“Microsoft has publicly said that Linux and other open-source software violates 235 of the company’s patents. But rather than suing to settle these IP claims, Microsoft is striking individual deals, Robertson said. However, much has been made of the fact that the company has not publicly disclosed any of the patents it claims open-source software is violating.”
“Many – particularly those in the Linux camp – suspect Microsoft is trying to make it appear that open-source distributors are violating Microsoft IP to vilify them in an effort to dissuade customers from using Linux and other open-source technologies.”
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