Opinion: Microsoft's shady deals with Xandros and Novell

Posted by Steven_Rosenber on Jun 5, 2007 3:40 AM EDT
Click; By Steven Rosenberg
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By making "intellectual property" deals with commercially oriented distributors of Linux, Microsoft isn't alienating anybody it hasn't turned off already. So far, the two companies that have inked such deals -- Xandros and Novell -- are focused on selling server operating systems to large businesses. And while they may have community involvement, they're not community-oriented, like the Debian distro from which Xandros is derived, or even the wildly popular Ubuntu (itself a Debian derivative).

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