LG knowingly betrayed Free software developers by signing an evil deal with Microsoft — one that involves Linux and patents. More information about this can be found here. According to a news report, this pair of companies is growing even closer now.
LG Electronics (LG) and Microsoft have announced the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to form a strategic collaboration in mobile convergence.
The agreement was signed in Korea by Yong Nam, vice-chairman and CEO of LG Electronics and Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft.
Welcome yet another Memorandum of Understanding? These are nasty anti-competitive deals, recent examples of which we have given in:
- Quick Mention: Microsoft’s Newham-type Scam in the Middle East and North Africa
- Microsoft Tightens Grip in Africa with Memorandum of Anti-competition
- Latest Microsoft Procurement Scandals: Hungary, Quebec, UAE
- Microsoft Dealt Another Big Blow in Europe (UK), Pawns Exposed Further
- Urgent Need for Transparency in Procurement, Standards-Setting Process
- Funny Microsoft Business in UK Public Sector Just Got Funnier
- Richard Steel’s and Microsoft Ballnux Franchise (Updated)
- Number One Lobbyist Gets Tax Breaks, Government Deals, Innocent Children
- Quick Mention: Microsoft Intersection with the United States Government
These deals are foolish and they establish little more than distrust. Novell probably learned this the hard way. Jason Perlow mentioned OpenSUSE several days ago, but his post is much broader in terms of scope and it also states:
[I]t’s unlikely that with Novell’s existing alliance with Microsoft that OpenSUSE will be the end-user free distribution of choice to promote to everyone.
Deals with Microsoft are a repellent. The company is constantly attacking people’s freedom, so where’s the surprise? █