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[News] Linspire Had No Head After Microsoft Deal

  • Subject: [News] Linspire Had No Head After Microsoft Deal
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 06 Aug 2007 10:38:08 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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Linspire CEO Kevin Carmony resigns

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| Carmony also said his resignation, contrary to some rumors, had nothing to do 
| with any disagreement with Linspire's primary owner Michael Robertson, or 
| with fallout from either of Linspire's recent deals with Microsoft, which 
| covered technology licensing and patent indemnification.   
| Carmony joined Linspire, then known as "Lindows," in June of 2001 to become 
| its president. Later, he became the company's CEO.  


He knew absolutely nothing about Linux when he joined the company (by his own


Freespire, Linspire, and Microsoft patents

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| Microsoft denies that this is the case, and argues that, in particular, the 
| GPLv3 has nothing to do with it. However, with its July 5 Covenant to 
| Customers concerning its Linspire deal, Microsoft is trying to put even more 
| distance between any potential patent claims and the GPLv3.   


Tomorrow GPLv3 is Released

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| Mr. Carmony asked a question, will Linux split in two factions? The answer 
| is no. Some Linux distros will limp along a while and then die off, 
| because they misunderstood what folks want when they choose GNU/Linux 
| and FOSS. You can see that already. Red Hat, which refused to sign any 
| such deal, is flourishing, for example. It's not about code that "just 
| works". Apple offers that already. It's the freedom. And we've proven 
| willing to put up with some temporary frustration in order to get it. 
| In time, FOSS will win, and all those proprietary codecs and everything 
| else will be made available on pleasanter terms, because market share
| does that.


Linspire deal: What will ESR and Shuttleworth do now?

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| Will Shuttleworth continue to collaborate with a company which has now 
| caved in to a protection racket? Or will he do stick to the principle 
| behind the whole FOSS movement and walk away from the deal? We're watching 
| and waiting, Mark.   


Microsoft Strikes GPLv3 Software From Linspire Patent Deal

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| Microsoft says software that's licensed under a new version of a popular open 
| source license isn't covered by the patent protection deal it recently signed 
| with desktop Linux distributor Linspire.  


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