Ubuntu: We're Not Dealing with Microsoft

Lora Bentley

In case you had any doubt, rest assured that Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has no designs on a deal with Microsoft that contains patent provisions. He sees nothing wrong with the interoperability provisions of the agreements Redmond has inked with Linux distributors from Novell to Linspire, but in a recent blog post, Shuttleworth said he has no use for agreements that don't further the cause of free software.


In fact, he says the deals that have come to light to this point are nothing more than "trinkets for air kisses." His response? "No thanks."

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Jun 26, 2007 12:23 PM Shadowfire Shadowfire  says:
I have been very impressed with Ubuntu's founder Mark Shuttleworth. He understands business and the future roadblocks that the corporations have imposed on progressive technologies, interoperability, innovation and creativity. Weeding out these problems and fallacies is big deal these days. Making sure that the technology sector doesn't get corrupted by large corporations is the diffence between free enterprise for all companies, and only the top companies making a true profit.Mark is also showing the truth about Open Source, Linux and how it can have a true business model in the enterprise and for all business area's a like.This is something I have seen for many years in my own dealings with OSS and Linux through business. Lastly, I still have yet to see the Novell and Microsoft deal produce or clear up any interoperability issues between windows and linux.If Microsoft wants to be serious about interoperability, they need to start with media codecs on Linux! I have yet to see Microsoft even remotely close to doing something about interoperability at this point. Oh wait there was that firefox plugin (but wait, it was for Windows Firefox - not Linux)Still waiting...Also any interoperability issues addressed by Microsoft should be taken care of with NO STRINGS attached, otherwise the Novell & Microsoft deal is just another scheme or stall tactic for Microsoft to undermined a true contender. Reply

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