As expected, Xandros CEO Andreas Typaldos wasted no time defending his company's patent pact with Microsoft -- which appears to be expressly forbidden by terms of the forthcoming GNU General Public License v3.
An InformationWeek piece posted just this afternoon says Typaldos insists that Linux users will benefit from the companies' partnership because it focuses on improved interoperability and will increase adoption rates for Linux. What's more, Xandros' agreement "goes well beyond the desktop," he says, noting that they're working on linking Microsoft system management capabilities with Xandros servers.
Like Novell officials did in November, Typaldos also downplays the patent provisions of the agreement, saying it merely gives Xandros customers "insurance" if the dispute between Microsoft and Linux comes to a head in the courtroom. He also seems unconcerned about the terms of GPL v3. "If you're a business person, you can't be concerned about every eventuality," he told InformationWeek.