Freespire, Linspire and Microsoft patents

Posted by Sander_Marechal on Jul 21, 2007 12:55 PM EDT
DesktopLinux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
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On July 5, Microsoft quietly released a "Covenant to Customers" to clear up how it is handling its patent deal with Linux distributor Linspire. Instead, it did little but puzzle and annoy members of the Linux community. If you read Microsoft's memo, you'll find that Microsoft's patent protection only applies only to "Linspire Five-0 and successor offerings" on a desktop. Server use is specifically forbidden. Microsoft also categorically rules out "Freespire and any other software offerings that include the Linux operating system for which Linspire receives no revenue."

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they just can't help themselves tuxchick 0 900 Jul 21, 2007 5:31 PM

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