Summary: Mandriva clarifies (again) that it is in no way involved in/a victim of Microsoft’s patent racketeering scheme
The short story is that Mandriva and Microsoft have nothing whatsoever to do with patent deals. It is reassuring to learn this from the following new update.
Adam has already unofficially dismissed rumours on François’ part, but still I feel like pointing out the obviousness everybody with some real knowledge of Mandriva should’ve spotted..
Let’s summarize arguments against silly speculations about Mandriva wanting to consider any Microsoft deal seen from my perspective:
1. Mandriva is europe based, not such big pressure in the ~only location where such agreements would hold much relevance
2. Mandriva has no proprietary components with any concerns of Microsoft
3. ALL of Mandriva’s software published is free and has been released under the GPL, proprietary software is none of Mandriva’s concerns, only proprietary software relationships is through partners
It is important to keep Mono out of Mandriva at all costs. Novell’s interference in GNU/Linux makes it increasingly hard and when I attempt to install certain software under Mandriva (even in KDE) it insists on installing Mono where it has become a dependency. It might be worth removing from the repository all software that somehow got tainted by Mono. There are many superb substitutes anyway. █
“At Microsoft I learned the truth about ActiveX and COM and I got very interested in it inmediately [sic].”
–Miguel de Icaza