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MicroSpire: WWESRD? (What Will E.S.R. Do?)

Upon hearing about the Microsoft-Linspire deal ("MicroSpire" to keep our catchy merged-name theme going...) I was immediately reminded of the summation of the account on Helios' blog when the Xandrosoft deal was announced, since E.S.R. just so happens to sit on Freespire's board.

Yes, I brought this up in a comment earlier, but I think it needs some additional discussion, and apparently so do others.

Raymond has been an implacable foe of Microsoft; one incident which is touted as proof of this is an encounter with Microsoft's Craig Mundie in an elevator. When Mundie asked him who he was, Raymond is reported to have said: "I am your worst nightmare."

Given his background, I'd like to pose a query to Raymond: Now that Linspire has genuflected to the people in Redmond, will you do the honourable thing and quit the board of Freespire?


As does Sam, I wondered what Linspire's capitulation will do to their chumminess with Canonical/Ubuntu going forward. Let's watch for Mark Shuttleworth and Eric S Raymond's official reactions in the coming days.

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