Well, well, well…
That’s what ‘partners’ are for.
Just shortly after Microsoft had betrayed Novell, Microsoft decided to move on to Linspire. DinformationWeek, which has been Microsoft’s pet for delivering endless FUD recently, has the report.
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.
If we get this straight, and only if (that’s a big if) Microsoft’s claims are legally valid at all, Linspire faces two choices (or scenarios) now:
- Linspire has no access to GPLv3-licensed software, of which there will be plenty.
- Linspire achieved nothing with its deal. It is not supposedly ‘protected’. It spends money building a so-called ‘translator’ to serve a convicted monopoly abuser. It also propagates the myth that Linux requires protection and at the same time drives many of its existing customers away.
This might be the perfect punishment to the man who called certain Linux distributors “high-brow pirates” and, as a Linux distributor, spread FUD on behalf on Microsoft (for profit).
A question remains here. Are Novell and Xandros affected by association/inference?
Have a look at this discussion at Digg.com and the pointers it contains. It says it all.