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Enderle on the Linux platform ..

  • Subject: Enderle on the Linux platform ..
  • From: Doug Mentohl <doug_mentohl@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 04 Mar 2009 19:18:22 +0000
  • Bytes: 2865
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy, gnu.misc.discuss, misc.int-property
  • Organization: Datemas.de http://www.datemas.de
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  • Xref: ellandroad.demon.co.uk comp.os.linux.advocacy:743793
Ever since Microsoft adopted the "let's get along" strategy of licensing and interoperating, it has been hard to get people to volunteer their time for the platform, and interest seems to be waning ..

Linux has always seemed strongest when being attacked by Microsoft, and it clearly is missing that strength this year ..

TomTom .. Unlike other companies in this space that have licensed navigation technology from Microsoft, it chose not to. That can be a dangerous path with any Fortune 50 technology company ..

Microsoft .. can't allow anyone to simply take the technology without paying ..

It seems the motivation is less what Microsoft has done and what these folks need to have happen. They want Microsoft to become the rallying cry again and drive back the kind of interest and effort that they had five or so years ago ..

On the TomTom side, getting the open source community to apply pressure on Microsoft could prevent expensive litigation and a possible judgment it can't afford. It is an interesting and creative strategy, but it probably won't change the outcome.

A better path might have been to try to get this arbitrated so it could focus back on the market and its real competitors. This is one of the problems with litigation: It provides false hope because you are often told what you want to hear, not what you need to know ...


I guess the sentiments expressed above are straight from the Microsoft hymnbook and to summarize, Ms-to-Tom Tom: Please settle quickly and don't accept any help from the FSF or the OIN ...

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